Blood blisters occur when blood vessels, under your skin, gets ruptured leading to a red, painful and fluid-filled sac under the skin.
The major cause of blood blister is skin trauma (biomechanical action) such as sudden force on the body especially the hand or foot. Other causes of blood blister include; structural causes (such as bony prominences in the case of bunion), sunburn, scalding, infections, and excessive rubbing or friction on a particular part of the skin especially during exercise or a rigorous activity such as shoveling or raking.
Here are some tips and good practice, to consider, when dealing with blood blisters;
- Do not deliberately rupture or burst the blood blister.
- If the blood blisters accidentally or eventually open, gently squeeze out the fluid inside it.
- You could wash a broken blood blister with clean water and soap to prevent infection.
- Avoid the application of alcohol or iodine on a ruptured blister.
- Take caution to keep the skin around the blood blister intact. Get the pressure exerted, on that skin area, down.
- You can hasten the healing process by reducing friction on the affected area.
- Ensure your shoe fits you properly.
- Use gloves or protective hand gear when using tools or sport equipment that can cause excessive hand friction.
Below are 20 home remedies and natural treatments for treating blood blisters;
Ice has always been one of the first resort for pain. Ice plays the role of diminishing inflammation by excising extra flow of blood to the tissues around the blister which is storing blood. The ice should be placed first in an ice bag before applying it to the affected region because direct application can turn out to be counterproductive.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that would help heal the skin from blisters. Furthermore, ACV’s acetic acid and detoxifying nature would help speed up the healing process. To benefit from this remedy, dilute ACV in water and swab a cotton ball into it. Then place this cotton ball on the blister for about 15 minutes. Remove thereafter. However, do not apply ACV if the blister is already ruptured.
3. Tea Bag
Tea is effective for healing blood blisters. This is because the tannic acid, present in tea, would help alleviate pain as well as reduce the swelling. Dampen a tea bag and refrigerate it to let it cool. Then place the cooled down tea bag on the blister for 10 minutes. Remove thereafter.
Oats contain flavonoids which are very good for the health and are known to contain certain types of protein and anti-inflammatory components. Also, a paste of oats mixed with water could be applied to the blister-affected region to reduce irritation drastically. People with contact dermatitis should not use this home remedy to dry off blood blisters as it can provoke bad infections of the skin.
5. Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is a yellow flower with flat petals. It contains extremely potent anti-inflammatory compounds. Witch hazel is also known for reducing excruciating pain experienced from blood blisters. It is also strong enough to dry blisters within a short period of time. It can also be mixed with coconut oil and stored in the refrigerator for several days. Witch hazel should be applied four or five times in a day, on the blister, for quick results.
6. Sandalwood Paste
Sandalwood paste is recommended because it removes heat from the blister. Applying sandalwood paste on the blister increases the healing speed. This remedy can be done by simply mixing a tablespoon of sandalwood powder with water until the paste is smooth and can be applied to the blister.
Known for its officinal and therapeutic properties, turmeric is used to treat several skin issues like eczema, boil, and dermatitis. Blisters are one of the dermal issues that turmeric can treat. Mix a teaspoon of turmeric powder with honey and water till it forms a thorough smooth paste and then apply it on the blister. Repeat this application two or three times daily.
8. Tea Tree Oil
Due to tea tree oil’s multitude medicinal properties for treating several skin ailments and lesions (such as cuts and injuries), it is one of the best skin agents for getting rid of blisters by simply drying the blisters off the skin. Mix tea tree oil with warm water and then apply on the blister.
9. Epsom Salt
Pain alleviation is one of the major components of Epsom salt due to its high magnesium content. If Epsom salt is applied on the blister by mixing with warm water, the blister is likely to pop without touching it.
10. Garlic Oil
Garlic oil is rich in quick healing properties and antimicrobial properties for getting rid of the blister and any attendant infections. Warm garlic oil for a short period. Then, apply and massage, the oil, on the blister without applying force using cotton buds. This should heal the blister quickly.
11. Marshmallow Root
Marshmallow root is known to be a herb with high anti-inflammatory components which can desiccate blood blisters. This root can also be used in treating eczema and dermatitis. It also helps in placating irritation caused by blisters. This can be done by boiling some marshmallow roots with water. The resultant marshmallow root tea is potent for healing the blister. One should try and mix this with some coconut oil and store in the refrigerator. Apply this on the blister to stop discomfort produced and itchiness.
For a long period of time, ginger has been used to cure skin problems and blood blisters aren’t left out. This works by simple extraction of ginger juice and applying it on the blister.
Linseed produces one of the healthiest oil on the planet and are used for various reasons but mostly in treatment of dermal ailments and for making food. It is often sold at a cheap price because they can be grown with ease. Linseed is rich in anti-inflammatory properties. Mix a tablespoon of linseed flour with very hot water until it forms a thick and smooth paste. Once smooth, apply on the blister while still warm for a better result.
If the blister is broken, you can apply mouthwash on it. Mouthwash has potent antifungal and antibacterial properties that would inhibit the growth of both fungal or bacterial infection on the ruptured blister.
16. Drop Bad Habits
If you have blood blisters, it is important to stop smoking and consuming alcohol so that your body would be as cool as possible and so that the healing process would be quickened. Hence, you would have to avoid smoking and drinking alcohol if you want the blood blister to go quickly.
17. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is potent for healing blisters because it reduces the pain associated with the blisters and also quickens the skin healing process. To use this lavender oil remedy, mix lavender oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or almond oil. Then, apply this mixture to the blister.
Ribwort is a flowering plant high in medicinal properties known as phenylethanoids. It is very easy to use. Studies have proven that the extracts gotten from ribwort contain inflammation healing compounds. Mash the leaves of ribwort thoroughly and apply to the blister region and allow to dry well. Once dried, it is very important to wash off the mash. This exercise should be done at a maximum of three times in a day.
18. Saline Water
Immersing the blister in saline water would facilitate the rupturing on the blister. Once, the blister has ruptured or burst, it would heal on its own. To use this saline remedy, add salt to a bathtub of water. Then soak blister affected part of the body in the water for about 15-20 minutes. Do this remedy twice a day.
Due to its silica component that can strengthen skin tissue connections, cucumber is highly recommended for blood blisters. All that is needed to do is cut slices of the cucumber and then place on the blister for some minutes. It’s important to repeat this remedy for a couple of days until the blister completely dries out. Alternatively, you may decide to make a cucumber juice to drink as it still clears off the blister.
20. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has been used to produce medicinal products like creams and shampoos. Aloe vera gel is capable of repairing and healing burns, injuries, and wounds that are on the skin. Blisters can be considered as skin inflammations. Thankfully, since aloe vera is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, it becomes an efficacious agent for blister treatment. Daily application of aloe vera on the affected region and leaving it for some time will definitely alleviate the blister. Aloe vera can also inhibit any swelling due to bacteria, in the blisters, from continuous growth. The gel from aloe vera is also good since they are not mixed with any chemicals. The gel can be bought or gotten from cutting aloe vera leaves and extracting the gel.
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