Tuesday, March 26, 2013

How to heal a burn blister fast?

Burn injuries are generally classified into three main categories: first degree burns, second degree burns, and third degree burns, depending on how badly the skin is damaged. A first-degree burn harms only the outer layer of the skin, a second degree burn involves both outer & inner layer of the skin, whereas a third degree burn greatly affects even the deep tissue and muscles. A second degree burn usually causes blisters on the skin. A blister is nothing but a small pocket of fluid that is formed beneath the upper layers of the skin. However, everyone must keep in mind that one should never, ever pop these painful and unattractive blisters, as it could result in severe infection. If the blisters are smaller in size then they can be safely treated at home. Of course, blisters are part of our skin and so they might take some time to heal. But still there are some things you can do to help it heal correctly and possibly faster. Just follow the instructions given below. This will not only help the blister heal faster, but would also minimize the chances of getting infection, scarring, or re-injury due to blisters.

How to heal a burn blister fast?
Image Source: healthguidance.org
Step 1

Run cool (not cold) water over the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes at once after the burn occurs. Now if you are using a kitchen or bathroom tap then see to it that water gently flows on the burned skin, otherwise there are chances that the pressure of spraying or gushing water might harm the injured skin. In case, running water is unavailable, then immerse the burned skin in cool water for sometime. Never put ice cubes directly on the burn, as this can result in further damage to the skin.

Step 2

Gently clean the area using an antibacterial soap and water. Take care not to scrub the surface, because doing so will irritate the blister burn and literally damage the burned skin tissue by bursting the newly-formed blister. Once you’re done with washing, allow the blister burn air dry or else lightly pat dry the area with a sterile gauze piece in order to prevent contaminants from entering the wounded area.

Step 3

Apply any antibacterial cream, such as Bacitracin or Neosporin, on the burned area. Make sure to cover up the entire area of the blister burn with the ointment. Plus, it must be applied in sufficient amounts so as to keep the burned area moist prior to bandaging, since burns heal faster in a moist, sterile environment. After applying the cream, make use of a porous adhesive bandage and cover the burn area and ointment.

Step 4

Change the bandage after every 24 hours, or whenever the bandage gets wet or dirty. Plus, don’t forget to apply some more antibacterial cream before you cover the burn with a fresh dressing.

Step 5

If the blister-related pain has become unbearable for you then you can get relief from this discomfort by draining the blister burn. However, allow it to heal for few days before doing the draining process. To drain the burn blister, first take out the bandage and gently wash the area with soap and water. Apply some rubbing alcohol on a fresh piece of sterile gauze and then wash the blister burn with it lightly. Now, disinfect a small sewing needle by soaking it in alcohol, and using this sterilized needle make 1 or 2 small punctures towards the edge of the blister. After the fluid is drained out completely, clean up the blister once again, and then re-apply fresh antibacterial ointment and bandage on the affected area.

Step 6

After some days, the skin under the blister will be healed but the dead skin will remain attached to your living skin. You can cut away all the remaining dead skin safely using scissors. All you have to do is just disinfect the blades of small scissors with rubbing alcohol, prior to cutting the dead skin. However, continue to apply fresh bandages on the blisters until you see fresh, pink skin underneath the dead skin. Once you see fresh skin, you can take out the bandage from your cured blister.


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