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Types of Blisters and Treatment Options

Types of Blisters and Treatment Options

Generally, blisters are a minor issue that will affect most people several times throughout their lifetime. Often, if properly treated, blisters will resolve themselves. However, there are some instances where a blister needs more attention than a band-aid and some ointment.

Types of Blisters 

One form of blisters is caused by friction. Rather than thickening the skin around the affected area, your body forms a pocket of clear fluid covered by a layer of skin. As long as it remains intact, this serves as a sterile environment which protects the sensitive layer from further irritation. Friction blisters are usually the result of increased physical activities such as dancing, running, and biking. It is also common for new or ill-fitting shoes to create blisters on the heel or sides of the foot.

Blisters that stick around for long time without any evidence of healing should be looked at by a podiatrist. A little known fact is that blisters, especially blood blisters, are highly susceptible to infection once popped. If you are experiencing severe pain or if the blister appears to be infected, making an appointment with your doctor should be a priority. Large blisters should also be treated by a professional as they may be a result of additional health problems.

Blisters on Diabetics

Patients living with diabetes are more susceptible to developing frequent blister formations. It is important to check your feet quite often because if left untreated, blisters can inevitably lead to more serious infections such as gangrene. Diabetics are 15 times more likely to require amputation because of the effects of the disease on the body’s blood circulation

Treatment Methods

Keeping your blister clean, dry, and covered will all assist in generating a speedy recovery. Make sure to avoid picking at blister; the area is only sterile while covered. Popping a blister exposes the skin to bacteria, increasing the likelihood of infection and excess drainage, and each instance calls for the need of antibiotics. Wearing shoes with a good supporting sole and limiting the wear of constricting clothing are great preventative measures. As mentioned earlier, excessive swelling, pain, or redness are all strong indicators of the need to seek medical treatment. Ointments may cause infections to worsen over time. If you are unsure of the severity of your blister, make your health a priority and contact a specialist.

Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum is a Podiatric Physician and Surgeon serving patients in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach.

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