Blisters can be caused by burns, including sunburn. They should heal by themselves within a week.
To aid in healing and reduce discomfort use an ice pack (or a bag of frozen vegetables or ice wrapped in a towel) on the blister for about 5 t0 10 minutes.
To protect the blister and help prevent infection:
- Cover blisters that are likely to burst with a dressing.
- It is good to use bandages with gel pads that provide moist healing and keep out air and germs.
- Wash your hands before touching a burst blister.
- If blister has burst, allow the fluid to drain before covering it with a plaster or dressing.
Don’t purposefully burst your own blister or peel or pick the skin around an already burst blister. Avoid shoes or attire which caused the blister until it has healed.
Disclaimer: The Emergency Guide is provided as a reference only. Every effort has been taken to acquire and publish accurate information provided by medical authorities. In case of emergency, always call or have someone CALL 9-1-1.