How do I choose the best blister cream?

Antibiotic ointment can be helpful for treating blisters.

It is often not necessary to use any kind of ointment or cream for blisters. Most small to medium blisters will heal on their own if they are sufficiently protected. While there is no specific cream for blisters, a small amount of antibiotic ointment applied in a thin layer can help with the healing process and can be especially helpful if the wound is large. The most commonly used ointments contain medications such as bacitracin or polymyxin B.

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Rather than immediately using the blister cream, it is advisable to first try to protect the area so it can heal without intervention. A piece of mole skin with a hole in the center is usually enough to protect small to medium-sized blisters. Loosely applied gauze or bandages are often best for larger blisters. The area should be kept free of tape or anything else that could stretch or put too much pressure on the surrounding skin and blister.

Gauze pads can be used to protect larger blisters.

An antibiotic ointment is usually used on a blister to speed up the healing process once it has burst. After treatment with medication, the wound should be lightly covered, in the same way as is done to protect an entire blister. The dressing is usually changed at least once a day.

There are some conditions where the patient may want to puncture and drain a blister. This is most often done when the blister is particularly large or filled with pus from an infection. In this case, a sterilized needle is usually used to pop the blister. Then the fluid is carefully pressed out. After the blister is empty, a light application of antibiotic cream can be applied before putting on the bandage.

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After applying an antibiotic ointment to a blister, the wound should be lightly covered.

It is advisable to test a blister cream on a small area first. Any sensitivity to the drug tends to be amplified in the injured areas. There is also the possibility of an allergic reaction. In most cases, the doctor will need to prescribe the antibiotic. The patient must disclose all allergies, sensitivities and products being used on the skin to ensure the ointment is safe to use.

While using a light application of blister cream can help with the healing process, some other treatments can be harmful. Any type of strong chemical or rough material can significantly delay healing. Common wound treatments such as iodine and isopropyl alcohol often do more harm than good for sensitive blisters.

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