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Should you drain fire ant blisters?

Should you drain fire ant blisters?

No: Be sure stinger is removed if present but leave blister alone to decrease infection risk it will gradually dry up and dissappear. ...Read more

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Dr. Philip Miller
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Blistering (Definition)

A blister is a collection of fluid under the epidermis. A blistering rash is one in which ...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

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Do you drain the blister from a recluse spider?

Drainage: The blister will need to be drained in a sterile fashion. As it contains toxins from the recluse spider bite, it is important to drain the blister followed by dressing ...Read more

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What is the liquid inside a blister? Can I drain it out?

Can drain: the clear fluid is from your body. clean the are with alcohol and then prick the blister with a clean pin. Press on the blister roof and the fluid should drain out. Do not rip off the roof of the blister. ...Read more

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I popped my blister by accident, been draining for 3days is that normal? when will the healing begin? Do the skin come off on its on?

I popped my blister by accident, been draining for 3days is that normal? when will the healing begin?  Do the skin come off on its on?

Blister: It's not advisable to pop a blister, but once it's done keep the area clean and apply an antibacterial ointment like bacitracin, cover with a loose gauze and fix with paper tape. It will heal from below and nature will remove the dead skin eventually. If the area shows spreading redness it may indicate infection and a physician should examine you. ...Read more

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How long do the blisters on second degree burns normally last? I know not to drain them.

How long do the blisters on second degree burns normally last? I know not to drain them.

Usually not long: Usually they break in a day or two. If they are very annoying, your DR will use a sterile needle to drain them. ...Read more

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I have boil like blisters on my jawline . They drain and keep filling wgat is it?

I have boil like blisters on my jawline . They drain and keep filling wgat is it?

Boils: It could be a recurrent staph infection, perhaps mrsa. Other possibilities include acne, cysts and herpes simplex virus infection. I would have your dermatologist look at this. ...Read more

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With a 3rd degree burn is it standard practice to drain a blister and cut off the skin from the blister?

Not 3rd degree: Blister means is 2nd degree not 3rd. Removal is a judgement call. Most would try to leave blister intact as long as possible unless interferes with function. ...Read more

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I have a bad abcess on my leg why is the top a big blister now that its draining andbsince its draining will the cellulitis go away.On its own?

I have a bad abcess on my leg why is the top a big blister now that its draining andbsince its draining will the cellulitis go away.On its own?

What's the cause?: Cellulitis is basically a visible inflammation (itis) of the skin and soft tissues (red, hot, swollen and tender) . It can be caused by many things including sunburn (radiation), trauma (sprained ankle) or poor vein circulation (stasis dermatitis). It need not be caused by bacteria. If you have repeated episodes of this, get to a wound care or vascular specialist, the diagnoses you have is wrong. ...Read more

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Can i contract poison ivy from treating my sons poison blisters that are draining?

Can i contract poison ivy from treating my sons poison blisters that are  draining?

No: The fluid in the blisters does not contain poison ivy resin which is what one reacts to. You can, however, react to poison ivy resin on your son's skin if he still has it on him. ...Read more

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I had surgrey on my arm from a tetnus shot . They had to cut it and drain it. Now I have blisters around where the bandage was.

Go back to your : surgeon to check if the blisters represent a superficial skin infection or if they are a local reaction to the tape. You could have had a sterile abscess, but any wound, surgical or otherwise, can get infected while healing. ...Read more

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I get tiny water blisters on the tip of my finger often. Yesterday I drained one of them and bandaged it. Now it's swollen, painful and warm.

I get tiny water blisters on the tip of my finger often. Yesterday I drained one of them and bandaged it. Now it's swollen, painful and warm.

Possible infection: I would see a doctor to see if oral antibiotics are needed. Try warm soaks till then. Do them 2-3 times a day. ...Read more

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Surgery years ago has an incision draining lymph fluid like a faucet dripping. Leg fills with fluid and incision blisters and pop for the fluid to drain. Starting to be painful blisters. Who do I see?

Surgery years ago has an incision draining lymph fluid like a faucet dripping. Leg fills with fluid and incision blisters and pop for the fluid to drain. Starting to be painful blisters. Who do I see?

See primary doctor.: Please go and see your primary doctor as soon as possible. After evaluating you he will decide about which specialist to send you for proper treatment. he might send you do either dermatologist or general surgeon for more treatment. ...Read more