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Foot Blister Purple
I had a blister on my foot for a while now. It was drained and the skin covering it peeled off. Now there is no skin on it and its purple. Is that ok?
Healing: During the healing phase the skin can have a discolored appearance. Once a blister has drained and de-roofed it typically is a matter of days before complete healing occurs. If you are concerned at all you should be seen in person or virtually for proper diagnosis and correct treatment. ...Read more
Don't deroof it. : You don't want to deroof a blister. You can pop it, using a clean instrument, but if you're concerned (if the fluid is an unusual color, or if the surrounding skin is very red and swollen, or the blister is quite large, etc.), you may want to have your health care professional evacuate the blister for you. Keep it clean and dry as it heals. ...Read more
SImple means: You need to identify why the blister developed and eliminate that problem. Then, the keys are to cover and protect the injured area with dressing changes every other day to allow healing. Remember that inflammation (red, hot, swollen and tender) are important parts of healing and do not necessarily mean infection. If the wound is healing, it cannot be infected. If it gets worse, see a doctor. ...Read more
See a podiatrist: You should try not to pick at blisters, especially the first 48 hours after they form, to allow the skin underneath to heal. It sounds like you may be developing a bacterial infection. Make an appt. With a podiatrist promptly to determine whether you need oral antibiotics. In the meantime, clean the blister with soap and water and apply an antibiotic ointment and a bandaide or sterile dressing. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Relieve the pressure: With sterile instrument pierce the blister roof to allow fluid to escape, cover with bandaid. ...Read more
All blisters are not: All blisters are not alike. If the blister was caused by a shoe rubbing then the previous answer is good advise. But, some blisters are caused by fungal infections. If after breaking the blister itching occurred a fungal infection might be suspect. If the fluid coming out of the blister is colored and not clear it could be a minor bacterial infection. If the problem persists seek medical advise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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