When the Miami Dolphins signed Ndamukong Suh this past offseason, it was a move thought by many to give the ‘Fins perhaps the best defense this side of Seattle. At the very least, it provided a great line of defense to guard the trenches at Sun Life Stadium and on the road. Your skin makes a great line of defense, too, but that means it can get bruised and battered. Whether you get friction blisters from your shoes or a chemical burn at work, each skin injury requires different first aid methods.
Minor burns may not form blisters, and you can just immerse them in or them run under cold water for 10-15 minutes, pat dry, and cover with a dry dressing. If the burn is large, goes deeper into the skin layers, or develops a fluid-filled bump, call Palm Beach Podiatry for help.
For a chemical burn, quickly remove the chemical and any clothing it is on, being careful not to let it spread. Flush the affected area with fresh, cool water for 15 minutes, then apply wet compresses until medical help arrives. This can help minimize skin damage and may prevent serious blisters from forming. Don’t leave the person alone, and watch for shock symptoms like fast heartbeat or breathing.
For friction blisters, first aid is less urgent. If you notice a fluid bump on your foot, try to figure out what rubbed on that spot during your activity. You can avoid using those shoes again, or try a protective pad at that spot and see if that helps. For a small lesion, merely keep it clean, cover with a breathable bandage, and don’t puncture it. The skin is the best defense against infection, so let it do its job.
You can drain a large one if it is very painful. Wash your hands and the site, and swab it with rubbing alcohol or iodine. Sterilize a sharp needle with alcohol and make a few small pricks along the edge of the fluid-filled bump, leaving the skin intact. Let it drain, apply antibiotic ointment, and cover with a gauze bandage. As the outer skin dies, snip it away using sterile scissors and tweezers.
For more help with a blister, call Palm Beach Podiatry in Boynton Beach, FL at (561) 734-3100, in Loxahatchee at (561) 791-7773, or in Fort Pierce at (772) 468-0089, or request an appointment online.