What do you put on blisters on your hands?

Blisters can be downright annoying. They can hinder you from being productive and doing activities that you enjoy, like working out or playing a musical instrument. Not to mention, the pain and discomfort that they cause are simply unbearable.

When you get blisters in your hand, it’s essential to treat them ASAP to avoid further irritation or infection. But what should you put on blisters? Should you pop them? Will putting ice cubes help?

In this article, we will delve into the different ways of treating blisters with items found at home and over-the-counter medicines.

Anatomy of Blister Formation

To properly understand blister formation and its treatment, let’s first look at its anatomy. A blister is a collection of fluid under the skin caused by friction or burns1. Its onset is commonly accompanied by redness and swelling (it looks prettier than it feels).

A blister forms as an immune response action where white blood cells go underneath the skn’s protective layers of connective tissues2 —the epidermis3— separating these two layers with clear plasma-like serum.

Usually filled with clear fluid initially but as time goes on it tends toward yellow tint mainly due to pus accumulation when an infection sets in inside a broken one

Moisturizing Ointment for Small Blisters

If your blister is small — about pea-sized — applying moisturizing ointments could alleviate discomfort without triggering more severe inflammation or irritation (yep! better safe than sorry!)
Petroleum jelly works best because it creates a barrier between skin surfaces creating less friction between site which allows time for healing
apply petroleum jelly generously whichever part infected; likely peeling if crusted

Steps Description
step 1: prepare area clean bandage
step 2: gently clean the area around the blister
step 3: dry with a clean towel
step 4: apply an ample amount of petroleum jelly, cover with a bandage

Popping Large Blister: An Absolute No-No!

It’s tempting to pop large blisters as small ones drain on their own once they burst. You must avoid this! (it will just make things worse) Not only does it result in greater pain, but popping increases infection risk.
the issue isn’t just about volume or size either larger location like near joint could restrict movement for quite some time

Pus buildup can be toxic and you risk introducing more dirt onto your open wound.

Though several home remedies suggest pricking and draining a blister using what might seem sterile objects such as a pinhead, that action is not recommended.

The best approach is to leave them intact allowing enough needed air flow while keeping them covered for protection from germs
ensure zero contact with infected skin plus minimize friction too

Keep Area Dry- It’s Important

Since moisture tends to exacerbate swelling hence increasing discomfort levels, ensure hands are dry at all times
drying out blister fastens healing process as well gotten rid of bacteria

Instead of washing repeatedly pat hand dry; adequate patience would suffice before sending object which touched liquid/sweat beforehand

To maintain hygiene wash hands after visiting restroom entering/disembarking public transport
moisture retaining substance – e.g., lotions should also be avoided

Dryness helps keep scab formation soft thereby minimizing tenderness

Over-The-Counter Creams To Consider:

Several over-the-counter creams have been used by medical practitioners like hydrocolloid dressings suitable when dealing far-reaching burns, irritations/much pus.

  • Compeed- -gel plaster featuring hydro-active particles absorbing fluid released through broken site preserving moist environment provide cooling/relief right after application

  • Duoderm- hydrocolloid interacts with wound drainage to form a gel-like substance that creates an optimal environment for healing

These creams are readily available at most pharmacies across the world.

Painkillers: No Shame!

If the pain is unbearable, you can consider taking over-the-counter medicines such as Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen (commonly referred to as Tylenol) to relieve it.

Do not assume tolerance levels; check correct doses before usage & do not exceed recommended amount


Blisters can be excruciating, but treatment for them isn’t rocket science. All it requires is proper hygiene and following some home remedies or using over-the-counter medications.

Remember to keep blisters clean and dry, avoid popping large ones, apply moisturizing ointments on smaller ones when necessary , use adequate dressings featured in pharmaceutical shops depending on severity of injury .

Now that you know what works best (no guesses! wink) , go ahead and treat any pesky blister that pops up uninvited!

### Bye bye Blisters ###
Auf Wiedersehen!
Goodbye bellissimo Blister – till next time…

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