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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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My duahgter just spilled very hot soup on her lap, and now has a quarter sized blister on her thigh... Should i take her to an e.R. Or is there something i can use at home to make it feel a little better?

Simple is best: A blister is when the body reacts to trauma (burn, friction, etc) by creating a water filled cushion to protect the area. This is natural response and should be protected with a simple dressing. Change it every other day and as needed. Gentle cleansing. Because the skin is intact, risk of infection is zero. If it pops, cover with a simple dressing to protect underlying tissues. It will heal fine. ...Read more

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Could I have balanoposthitis if I have blistering?

Could I have balanoposthitis if I have blistering?

Here are some ...: Balanoposthitis is a general term denoting the presence of inflammation from vasious reasons such as long tight foreskin, yeast infection, herpes-related inflammation, etc. So, blistering from HSV or others may be a part of pictures in balanoposthtis. ...Read more

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Is it okay that i pop my blister?

Is it okay that i pop my blister?

No: It will cause infection and scarring. Your body created the blister for a very good reason. Let the healing occur and the blister will go away. ...Read more

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Is it recommended to pop your blister?

Is it recommended to pop your 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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