Should you leave a blister to heal on its own or should you pick or burst a blister?

Discussion in 'Health, Fitness and Injuries' started by Tennersee, Nov 4, 2017.

  1. Tennersee

    Tennersee Member

    This is one of those chat around the table things that came up in the pub, with a few people saying you should leave a blister (not pick or burst it) and let it heal on its own, and others saying you should burst it and pick the skin off the top so it can get some air and heal up.

    So what's the best way to deal with a good sized blister?
     
  2. Imanurse

    Imanurse New Member

    Medical advice is generally not to burst a blister yourself and not to peal or pick at the edges of a burst one; instead cover the blister until it heals, and if it naturally bursts, drain it before applying the dressing - but don't peal the skin off: https://beta.nhs.uk/conditions/blisters/ :okay:

    DIMHIKT (Don't ask me how I know that!) :whistle:
     
  3. Aliceband

    Aliceband New Member

    OMG I absolutely LOVE POPPING BLISTERS!!! I know, I know, you shouldn't, but I just can't resist and definitely can't leave one sealed once I've found it. :giggle:

    Come here ... :ninja:
     
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  4. Couch Potato

    Couch Potato New Member

    Must admit, I find it hard to resist squishing them too, but I never take the loose skin off as there's not such thing as "airing" an open wound (which is basically what it is). Keep it covered with a proper dressing until it heals over.
     
  5. WiltshireWonder

    WiltshireWonder Active Member Staff Member

  6. Fresh Start

    Fresh Start Member

    Funny how many "poppers" there are - me too. :smile:
     
  7. Steve

    Steve Regular Member Staff Member

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    Essex
    I'm in the pop it camp too, if I leave em then I can't run as they are too uncomfortable!
     
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