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Old 07-14-2011, 07:16 PM
aceplace57 aceplace57 is offline
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Do blisters eventually go down? Or is popping them necessary?

Got a small penny sized burn on my hand from a hot pot lid. Blister appeared the next morning. Still there three days later.

Should I drain it with a needle? I'd Clean the needle and skin first in alcohol.

Or will the blister go down on its own? Seems like they always pop and drain no matter what. I've always wondered if they would disappear without popping.

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Old 07-14-2011, 08:24 PM
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All my entire life I've heard "DO NOT POP the blister, it will reabsorb and go away by itself". I would wrap it loosely in gauze so as to resist that overpowering urge to prick it.
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:28 PM
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Got a small penny sized burn on my hand from a hot pot lid. Blister appeared the next morning. Still there three days later.

Should I drain it with a needle? I'd Clean the needle and skin first in alcohol.

Or will the blister go down on its own? Seems like they always pop and drain no matter what. I've always wondered if they would disappear without popping.
Nope, if you don't pop that fucker it'll stay on your hand forever. You'll be stuck with it. That'll be it.
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:51 PM
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Mine have always gone down. They've either gone down or burst (and I've had bad experiences with burst ones...I'm pretty sure I've posted pics of my super-duper swollen ankle after a burst blister got infected once).

Just swab it with rubbing alcohol and wrap it in something. Should be fine.
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:53 PM
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Even if the needle is clean, you're still opening it up to a chance of infection. So at least wash it twice a day and keep it covered- put a dab of Polysporin or Vaseline on the bandaid or whatever to keep it from sticking and help it heal better, whether you pop it yourself or it pops on its own.
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Old 07-14-2011, 09:43 PM
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I don't think I've ever not popped a blister. None of my appendages have gone gangrenous yet.
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Old 07-14-2011, 09:49 PM
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I've never popped a blister on purpose. I've gotten dozens throughout the years from things like sharpening pencils, cooking burns, walking in shoes that didn't fit, etc. They've always gone down after a couple of days and then reabsorb, you can never tell there's been a blister in any of the spots.
Echoing what other people have said, I've been told to never pop a blister. I never wanted to, because I heard it would hurt. The only time I ever (accidentally) popped a blister was after some rounds of laser tag where I was shooting the trigger so much the friction created a blister. I didn't even mean to, it was a blonde moment of "What is this bump on my finger? *pick pick POP* OWWwwwwww! "
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Old 07-15-2011, 12:33 AM
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Get some of this stuff(or similar). Make a donut with the hole the size of the blister.

If at all possible, do not pop, you're inviting infection.

The skin protects the raw flesh underneath.

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Old 07-15-2011, 12:39 AM
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Eventually the skin under the blister heals and the skin over the blister itself peals away like a sunburn after that.
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Old 07-15-2011, 01:19 AM
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I'll see how things progress. The burn is on the pinkie side of my hand near the wrist. That area doesn't get bumped very often. May be the first blister I've had that doesn't pop open on its own.
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Old 07-15-2011, 01:37 AM
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I don't think I've ever not popped a blister. None of my appendages have gone gangrenous yet.
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Eventually the skin under the blister heals and the skin over the blister itself peals away like a sunburn after that.
I've had one blister in my life that I didn't pop. And when the skin under the blister healed, the old skin did indeed peel off over the course of a couple of days.
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:21 AM
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The risk of popping on its own is the main reason to consider "popping" a blister. It is better to do it yourself than to have it rupture on its own. You can do it in a more sanitary way with less damage to the protecting skin.

Or so I was always taught.
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Old 07-15-2011, 06:26 AM
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Who can wait?

I have never had the patients to wait on a blister. The blister is always in a critical area that will continue to be stressed so I need a proactive plan. I use alcohol on the needle and pop it in several places and drain it. Then I put tape over it and continue to put the stress back on it. After the area has settled down for a couple days or sooner, I cut that skin off. That raised skin is not coming back anyway.
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Old 07-15-2011, 06:31 AM
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I've always drained it if there's any chance that spot is going to get a lot of friction during the healing process and the blister is very raised. I clean the surface of the skin and a needle, then go in at the margin of the blister near where it meets the skin, and gently push the blister towards the newly-created hole to try to drain out most of the fluid. If there's a pocket left that doesn't seem to want to drain, I poke another hole at the margin near that area, and repeat with trying to drain it. Then more cleaning around the holes, and a bandaid over top for a day or so, to keep it protected while the skin is still vulnerable there. Eventually you end up removing the skin on top as it fully heals.
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Old 07-15-2011, 08:57 AM
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I wore a pair of shoes a couple of weeks ago that I hadn't worn in a while and promptly got blisters on both heels.

One of them tore open and the other did not. I covered both with those blister pads for a few days.

Now, two weeks later, the one that didn't pop is totally healed, doesn't hurt at all. The one that tore open is still ouchy.

So, I suspect that leaving it alone will actually allow it to heal better.

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