We have all probably had a blister at one time or another so everyone knows how annoying and sometimes painful they can be.
How to heal blisters fast? There are a few things you need to know for proper blister care. In this post, I want to introduce several natural remedies that can help heal blisters fast.
The most common ones are blisters due to repeated friction (e.g. from rubbing area against a rough sock or boot). Friction initially presents as a reddened area known as a hot spot. As the upper layers of skin detach, the blister forms and fills with clear or bloody fluids.
But blisters can also be caused by insect bites, burns, sun damage, or health problems such cold sores or shingles. In addition, blisters can result from specific skin allergies and irritations, such as chickenpox and poison ivy.
How to heal blisters fast? Don’t pop your blister!
As a general rule, you don’t want to pop a blister. Unbroken skin over a blister provides a natural barrier to bacteria and decreases the risk of infection.
If the blister is painful or prevents you from walking or using one of your hands, the fluid may be drained.
Please read this page for more information on how to drain the fluid: should you pop a blister?
In any case don’t peel off this “dead” skin to prevent infections from entering the open wound. This will help your blister to heal faster.
Cover your blister to speed up the healing process
For friction blisters, it’s important that you keep the area washed and dry. Washing the area with antibacterial soap and water 2 – 3 times a day is usually all you really need.
Cover any small friction blisters with a dry adhesive dressing like a large bandaid strip that you should change at least once a day.
The friction blister can be protected with a doughnut of felt, foam, gauze, or moleskin (at least 1/4” deep doughnut) to keep direct pressure off the blister area.
If the blister is broken you should really keep the area covered to prevent infection.
Here are a few natural remedies that can help speed up the healing process:
Apply Calendula Cream on your blister to heal quick
Calendula is used to disinfect minor wounds and to treat infections of the skin.
The antibacterial and immunostimulant properties of the plant make it extremely useful in treating slow-healing cuts, wounds and blisters, especially in people who have compromised immune systems.
The herb stimulates the production of collagen and minimizes scarring.
You can also Use Aloe Vera gel for blisters
Aloe Vera is also an effective way to heal the blister throughout. According to Dr Wu:
Aloe vera is a natural anti-inflammatory, which means it helps relieve redness and swelling. Plus it’s very hydrating, and keeping skin moist helps it heal faster, especially once the blister pops on its own and shrivels up.
How to use aloe vera for blisters? Just rub some aloe vera gel on the blistered area a few times a day. The blister should go away in a couple of days to a week.
Heal blisters with Castor oil
Castor Oil is another natural remedy to help heal blisters, especially blisters on feet. It’s a very pale yellow liquid that is extracted from castor seeds.
This oil has strong anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, and has been used for centuries for its therapeutic and medicinal benefits.
It can help with blisters because this oil keeps the affected area moisturized. It reduces itchiness and speeds up the healing process.
How to use castor oil for blisters? Just apply some castor oil on the affected part of the blister and leave it overnight.
If you have a blister, prevention is key!
For blisters on feet:
- Treat hot spots as soon as possible to prevent the blister to form.
- Maintain good foot hygiene and care.
- Keep your feet dry as you can to reduce friction on skin.
- Ensure proper boot fitting.
For any type of blisters, natural remedies can be very helpful to promote healing. One of the best natural remedies are aloe vera gel and calendula.
If you suffer from a fever blister, tea tree oil is also a very good remedy. Read this post about natural remedies for cold sores.
Most blisters heal naturally and do not require medical treatment. However, go to a doctor if you have a blister larger than a half dollar coin or if it shows any sign of infection. If you have diabetes or poor circulation, call your doctor before considering self-care measures.