How to get Rid of Blood Blisters
How to Prevent a Blood Blister
Blood blisters (or hemorrhagic blisters) occur when skin is rubbed, pinched, or bruised, separating layers of the skin; damage to nearby blood vessels cause the space between the layers to fill with fluid. Blood blisters resemble normal blisters in appearance with the exception of the blister containing a dark red fluid consisting of blood, a pool of lymph, and other bodily fluids. Blood blisters can be caused by excessive abrasion, accidents in which your skin is pinched by heavy tools or weight, sunburn, fungal skin infections, and even frostbite.
Protecting Sensitive Areas
Apply moleskin to areas that normally chafe.Moleskin is a tough, two-layer tape with an adhesive pad on one side and cloth material on the other side. Moleskin is used to prevent and treat blood blisters if they have already formed. Apply a layer of moleskin to the area on your hands or feet that may chafe against tools or your shoes to prevent blood blisters from forming.
- You may also apply additional layers of moleskin to the area if one isn't enough by taping one layer of moleskin to another.
- If you need a thicker layer of protection, you may also tape the area or use a blister plaster to protect it.
Keep your hands and feet dry.The hands and feet are most commonly affected by blood blisters, since you're most likely to encounter friction in those areas. Keeping these areas dry is an important way to prevent blisters. Sweaty and moist skin will encourage the layers of your skin to separate, resulting in blood blisters.
- If your hands tend to sweat while you work, try a sprinkling of baby powder or cornstarch to keep them dry.
- Keep your feet dry by wearing breathable socks and shoes. You can also use foot powder or cornstarch to absorb extra moisture.
Keep your hands and feet well protected.During tasks or activities that have a higher likelihood of blood blisters forming, use appropriate layers of protections. Any task that involves friction between your skin and another object could put you at risk for developing a blood blister.
- For example, if you're using a rake or an ax to do yard work, wear gloves to prevent the wooden tool handles from damaging your skin.
- If you're planning a long hike, wear socks that won't rub against your skin.
Make sure your footwear fits properly.Wear a breathable shoe that offers support and isn’t too constricting. Give your feet room to move in your shoe, but not too much room as that can cause unnecessary friction. Use gel insoles or liners to help you get a better fit in your shoes if needed.
- Insure that your shoe is properly fitted to your foot by assessing its length, width, and adjustability.
- Avoid cotton socks, as they retain fluid. Synthetic socks work best with wicking away moisture from the skin.
Wear high quality gloves.When you are working with your hands, wear gloves designed to wick away moisture and to prevent friction or pinching from occurring. Be mindful of wearing a sport- or task-specific glove. Wearing the right gloves for the task can help prevent blood blisters from forming.
- Make sure there are no seams where you will be applying pressure or between areas of high friction, such as the curve between your thumb and forefingers.
Avoiding Risky Situations
Prevent fungal skin infections.Some fungal skin infections, such as athlete's foot, may result in the formation of blood blisters on the feet (and less commonly, the hands or groin). To prevent fungal skin infections, it's important to keep your skin clean and dry. Wear a new change of clean, dry clothes every day.
- Change your socks often to keep your feet dry and clean if you perspire heavily. In public areas such as gyms, bathrooms, or swimming areas, wear flip-flops or stand on a clean, dry towel instead of walking around barefoot.
- Avoid sharing jerseys and other clothing with other people.
- If you have athlete's foot, wear sandals or open-toed shoes whenever possible to help your feet to stay dry. Don't allow the skin to get too dry, however, as very dry, cracked skin gives the fungus an easy entry into your body.
Prevent incidents that may cause skin abrasion.Any time you scrape your skin, you risk getting a blood blister. If you're in a situation during which you could fall and scrape your elbows, knees, or other body parts, it's best to protect yourself by wearing proper clothing and padding.
- For example, wear knee pads and elbow pads if you're going rollerblading or participating in another activity during which you could fall.
- Prevent the likelihood of accidents in your home by clearing out hazardous items that may cause you to trip and fall.
Be mindful of rough surfaces that may come in contact with your skin.Too much grinding and rubbing up against rough surfaces increases the chances of a blood blister forming. Abrasions can also occur when continuous scratching occurs, so be mindful of how much you scratch your skin.
- Avoid scratching too much or too hard when it comes to insect or bug bites and dry skin. Use a medicated or over-the-counter topical cream (such as such as 1% hydrocortisone cream) that will help alleviate excessively itchy skin. If you have excessively dry skin, see a dermatologist to discuss remedies that can help.
- Abrasion can also occur when you wear ill-fitting clothes. If your skin tends to chafe between your thighs or in other areas, protect your skin there with coconut oil or another balm.
Prevent your body from getting frostbite in cold weather.Since frostbite may cause blood blisters to form on some areas of your body, wear clothing that covers your bare skin and also provides both ventilation and insulation from the cold.
- Since substantial heat loss occurs through your scalp, cover your head with a warm hat or cap. You may also want to wear thick mittens or gloves, as well as thick or layered socks.
- Remember to wear socks that wick moisture away from your skin.
QuestionI get the blood blisters on my arms. How can I prevent this?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerBlood blisters are caused by pinching or friction. It is important to know if these are actual blood blisters, or another skin condition that looks the same.Thanks!
QuestionShould I pop a blood blister?KlaryisCommunity AnswerYou shouldn't pop a blood blister as doing so increases the chance of infection and delays healing. If, however, it does burst, immediately drain it, wash it, clean it with antiseptic, then bandage it. It should heal on its own within a few weeks, but you can speed up recovery by elevating the area of the body on which the blood blister is located, keeping the blister exposed to air, and applying a cold pack.Thanks!
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