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Best way to lance a blister?

Best way to lance a blister?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Philip Miller
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Blistering (Definition)

Blistering is a bubble of skin filled with fluid. They can occur to excessive rubbing (as with a new pair of ...Read more


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Is it painful having blisters lanced?

Is it painful having blisters lanced?

Usually blisters: Don't need to be lanced. Once the skin has broken open - the lesion can become infected more easily. ...Read more

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Do blisters from 2nd degree burns resolve on their own or do they need to be lanced? How long is healing process? How can I expect it to look after?

Do blisters from 2nd degree burns resolve on their own or do they need to be lanced? How long is healing process? How can I expect it to look after?

Leave them be!: Most physicians say that blisters less than 2cm in diameter should be left alone unless they appear infected. I recommend you see a physician for this. The issue of scaring can be variable. One recommendation is to use a high SPF sunscreen on the burn area for 3 to 6 months if exposed to the sun. This will limit pigment changes. Tetanus status is also important. Best choice is to see a Dr. ...Read more

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I think lanced pilonidal cyst infection has gotten worse big blister like bubble formed should I go to the er?

I think  lanced pilonidal cyst infection has gotten worse big blister like bubble formed should I go to the er?

Pilonidal: I would go to the er. Pilonidal cysts can become infected. Also, by lancing it, you may have only opened the cyst but it may still need further incision and draining. Pilonidal cysts can be nasty in terms of infection. Definitely have it looked at. ...Read more

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What is the best way to heal a blister?

What is the best way to heal a blister?

Protect it: An unpopped blister represents a closed sterile environment. Yes on occasion one can become infected then it is time to open it, however the risk of infection in a dressed open wound is still higher than that of an intact blister. The blister will gradually resolve with time. ...Read more

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What is the best way to care for a blister?

What is the best way to care for a blister?

Depends: Generally there are two types of blisters, blood filled (deep injury) and fluid filled (superficial). The fluid filled is the most common and can be simply popped and apply triple antibiotic ointment to the area with bandaid. Leave the roof because it will fall off on its own, no need to peel it. If you have a blood blister, see you physician because it may be a bigger injury inside. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the best way to drain a blister?

What is the best way to drain a blister?

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. ...Read more