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what is a blister with red ring around it caused from?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Blisters: Blisters can be caused by irritation, allergies, infections, skin diseases, and medications.

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A 50-year-old member asked:

Is there anything I can do when a bug bite turns in to a blister?

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Dr. Jeffrey Benabio
Dermatology 18 years experience
Yes: Bug bites can turn to blisters sometimes. This is from the intense reaction that the bite caused in the skin. It's best to not pop blisters as this can open the skin to infection. Topical steroids such as Hydrocortisone cream applied under a band-aid can help reduce the inflammation (and intense itching) and minimize the risk of infection. Fortunately, most bug bites improve in a week or so.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

When are blisters harmful for your health?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
When infected: Clean and cover the area and if extensive or infected see a doctor.
A 32-year-old member asked:

I heard that when you get a blister, you should pop it. Is it better to pop it or to leave it?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Leave it: While popping a blister may solve the problem of the blister, you have no increased your chance of getting a skin infection as well as scarring. If a blister is not going away, see your doctor so that he/she can treat it in a sterile, systematic way to reduce infection & scarring.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How long do blisters take to heal?

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Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 40 years experience
Depends: Several factors can influence how quickly a blister will heal, including size, depth, location on body, causes, general health, diabetes, auto immune diseases like pemphigus or bullous pemphigoid, infection, etc.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How to heal a blister without popping?

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Dr. Susana Duncan
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
Leave it alone: A simple blister, that is one that is not in an area that is constantly under pressure, such as on the buttock, will gradually subside in size and begin to heal from within. Popping it, though tempting, is only cosmetic, and if you are in any way immunocompromised puts you at risk of infection. So leave it alone, and if it is sore or red, apply a little topical Bacitracin to keep the skin soft.

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