How Do You Get Blisters to Heal Faster
Cover your blister with a hydrocolloid bandage to reduce the risk of it getting infected

The best way to get blisters to heal faster is to leave them alone and let them heal naturally, which will usually take about 3-7 days.

However, some can be quite painful or even pop from friction. You can cover your blister with a hydrocolloid bandage to reduce the risk of it getting infected.

How to keep a blister lubricated

The first-line treatment for blisters is hydrocolloid dressings, which protect the raw skin beneath the blister from being exposed to bacteria.

Wrapping the blister creates a protective barrier and prevents the blister from being subjected to more pressure and friction from your shoes. It is crucial to protect the fragile blister roof of the skin until the blister is ready to drain on its own.

As the fluid will naturally drain within 2-3 days, avoid popping the blister. Popping the blister can increase the risk of infection and delay healing.

Keep the skin and the area around it clean, and change the dressings frequently.

How to drain a blister properly

If keeping the blister intact is not possible or there is a high likelihood of it rupturing, you can drain the blister under sterile conditions.

The best way to break open a blister is to clean the area with soap or a disinfectant before pricking it with a hot sterilized needle. Allow the liquid to leak out gradually and the skin covering the blister to collapse onto the base. Do not try to remove the loose skin pocket; instead, wait for the wound to heal naturally and on its own time. 

Apply an antiseptic and a dressing or sticking plaster to protect the skin and keep it free from dirt or irritants. Avoid using tape as the only dressing material because removing it could rupture the skin over the blister. 

Use only clean water to wash the affected area; avoid iodine or alcohol as these may irritate the skin. Change dressings and reapply the antiseptic daily. Remove the dressing at night to allow the area to dry if it isn't uncomfortable.

When should you seek medical attention for blisters?

An infected blister may ooze yellow or green pus and cause pain, redness, and warmth in the surrounding skin. Ignoring an infected blister puts you at risk of secondary impetigo (a contagious bacterial skin infection) and other problems, including cellulitis or sepsis.

Seek medical attention if you observe that your blister:

  • Continues to be extremely painful
  • Does not appear to be healing well on its own
  • Is showing signs of infection

You should also seek immediate medical attention if you have diabetes. Additionally, you should consult your doctor if you experience blisters in odd locations, such as on your eyelids or inside of your mouth.

In addition, consult your doctor when:

  • Blisters come in contact with chemicals or other substances
  • Multiple blisters appear without any skin injury
  • You are susceptible to infections

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Medically Reviewed on 11/11/2022
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The ABCs of Blister Care: https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/sports-medicine/sports-medicine-articles/the-abcs-of-blister-care

How Do You Make Your Blisters Heal Faster? https://www.emedicinehealth.com/how_do_you_make_your_blisters_heal_faster/article_em.htm