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is it best to pop blisters so they heal faster?

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Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 49 years experience
Yes: Drain fluid.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the best way to care for a popped blister?

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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
TLC: Antibiotic ointment and a protective non-stick bandage (changed once or twice a day) for starters. Avoid any friction or rubbing on the area. If the area looks infected - weeping or draining fluid, or increasing tenderness, redness, or swelling, or other concerning symptoms - would be best to get an evaluation. Protect it from sun exposure.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Best way to lance a blister?

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Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 40 years experience
From the side: The top, or roof, of a blister is usually dead skin so can be pierced without pain. However, i would come at it from the side with a pin or needle cleaned with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. It's easy to go too deep if poking a blister from straight above.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What is the best way to drain a blister?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Carefully: With a sterile needle, you can poke a hole and allow the fluid to drain. It is preferable to leave the roof of the blister intact as it will act as a biological dressing. After, it is drained antibiotic solution/ointment with a band-aid is a good idea.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What is the best way to pop a fresh blister?

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Dr. Jerry Miles
Podiatry 26 years experience
Blister treatment: Use a sterile sewing needle, and puncture the base of the blister several times to allow fluid to escape.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the best way to treat a blister without popping it?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Blister: Depending on site. Let it dry & heal.

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