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What are Blisters?


Blisters are small, fluid-filled pockets that form on the skin as a result of friction or rubbing. They most commonly occur on the feet, hands, and other areas of the body that are subjected to repeated rubbing or pressure.

Blisters are caused by damage to the top layer of skin, called the epidermis. When the skin is subjected to friction or rubbing, the layers of the epidermis separate and fluid from the underlying layers of the skin collects between them, forming a blister.

To treat a blister, it is important to keep the area clean and protect it from further irritation. Here are some steps you can take to care for a blister:

  1. Leave the blister intact if possible. The blister will protect the skin underneath and help it heal faster.

  2. Clean the blister and the area around it with soap and water.

  3. Apply a sterile bandage to the blister to protect it from further irritation.

  4. Change the bandage daily or whenever it becomes dirty or wet.

  5. If the blister breaks or pops on its own, clean the area with soap and water and apply a sterile bandage.

If the blister is large or painful, or if you have diabetes or a weakened immune system, it is important to consult a healthcare professional for treatment. In some cases, a healthcare professional may need to drain the blister in order to relieve pressure and reduce the risk of infection.

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