Burn Blister Treatment: Identifying and Treating
Blisters Caused by Burns
This article will discuss burn blister treatment. Take these steps to recover from exposure to extreme heat and the blisters that often accompanying sever burns. Before we discuss treatment, we will explore the causes of the blisters and the types of burns they accompany. We will also discuss some important advice about what NOT to do. Believe it or not, there are many home remedies for blisters and burns that can actually cause a great deal of damage to the skin.
Burn Blister Treatment: First Steps
The first step when you start any burn blister treatment is the identification and assessment. Burns may be matters of medical emergency and require immediate attention; they can be life threatening. On the other hand, some burns are classified as “minor” and need nothing more than simple treatment from the medical cabinet. If after a burn you see red, inflamed skin but no blisters, you are more than likely looking at a first-degree burn. Second-degree burns are bigger, redder, more painful, and result in the appearance of blisters. These occur from touching a hot object (obviously) or even as a result of sunburn. Third degree burns will have blisters, but the burn will continue down into deeper layers of the skin. The first step after a burn incident is to identify whether this is a first, second, or third degree burn. First degree will be an easy fix, but third degree burns require immediate hospital care. Here, we are mostly concerned with second-degree burns because these are the type that produce blisters and are treatable from home.
Burn Blister Treatment: Caring for the blisters
Like with any blister, it is usually better not to pop the sore. Not only can this create later discomfort, but this allows the area to become infected more easily. Other ideas to avoid are putting oils or ointments on burn blisters. Oils like butter have long been used in burn treatment, but these actually can cause lasting skin damage and pain. Instead, treat a burn blister by reducing the inflammation. To do so, first wash and rinse the area thoroughly, but be careful not to rub so hard that you cause pain. Next, put aloe or honey on the burn and consider pain relievers if necessary. Aloe and honey will cool the pain and work to repair some of the outer skin.
The best burn blister treatment comes from surrounding the head of the blister with pressure. The best way to do this is with donut-shaped moleskin. Unfortunately, if you have a burn near the blister, the skin will be too sensitive for this approach. You will instead want to cover the burned area with gauze or other medical padding. By doing this, you will protect it and give it space to heal. Keep an eye on the area and replace the bandage often to keep it clean. Once the pain and swelling leave, you may then continue with the moleskin solution if you can do so without reasonable pain. Follow these tips for successful burn blister treatment.