First Aid Treating Blisters at Home
Windowofworld.com – Blisters often occur when the skin rubs against a rough surface, thereby peeling off the top layer of skin. Although it is classified as a minor wound, this wound also requires treatment.
The skin consists of a top part, called the epidermis, and a part below it called the dermis. As the outermost and widest organ of the body, the skin is prone to scratches and injuries. These sores can occur anywhere on the body, including the knees, elbows, arms, and head.
In general, blisters occur in the epidermis layer of the skin. These wounds are not as severe as cuts or tears, which can cause heavy bleeding. However, deep abrasions can leave scars or scarring on the skin.
Blisters are a type of open wound (open wound) that can occur on the outer surface of the skin. Apart from abrasions, there are several other types of wounds that need to be known, namely cuts that can occur due to sharp objects such as razors, torn wounds which can also be caused by sharp objects such as knives, stab wounds caused by sharp objects such as nails, and a chipped wound caused by an explosion or gunshot.
Treating Blisters at Home
On a mild level, blisters can generally be treated at home. But keep in mind, you must wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly before cleaning the wound. The following are ways that can be done as an effort to treat wounds. Among them:
- Clean the wound from dirt that may stick under running water or use a sterile saline solution until clean.
- Use a mild soap such as baby soap to clean the wound. It’s best to avoid using cleaners containing alcohol, iodine, or hydrogen peroxide directly on open wounds as they can cause irritation and stinging.
- Apply antibiotics to keep the wound moisturised, which promotes healing and prevents infection.
- Cover the wound with a soft sterile gauze and replace it daily.
- Painkillers are sometimes needed to treat large, painful blisters. However, avoid taking aspirin because of the risk of prolonging the bleeding time.
- Avoid the wound from sun exposure to prevent permanent hyperpigmentation.
- Check with your doctor if the blister bleeding doesn’t stop, blood spurts out, the edges of the wound open open, the wound is caused by something dirty and rusted, and the area feels numb.
- Avoid applying ointments or other ingredients other than wound medication, unless done or recommended by a doctor.
- If there is bruising or swelling, apply ice.
Immediately consult a doctor if the wound is too wide or too deep to treat yourself. The wound healing time varies from person to person. This is influenced by several factors, such as age, medical condition or illness, malnutrition, temperature and weather in the place of residence, the immune system, the presence or absence of infection in the wound, and whether the patient smokes or takes certain drugs.