A blister is a small pocket of fluid in the upper layers of the skin.Most blisters are filled with a clear fluid called serum, which is the part of the blood that remains after red blood cells and clotting agents have been removed.
Blisters are sometimes filled with blood (blood blisters) or yellow or green pus if they become inflamed or infected, and an infected blister may be red, painful and hot.
Most blisters heal naturally, usually between three and seven days, and don’t require medical attention from a health practitioner. However, speak to a practitioner if your blister starts weeping pus or becomes inflamed and swollen. Also seek advice if the blister was caused by:
- A skin infection or allergic reaction
- Burns or scalds
- Severe sunburn
Even though it may be tempting, try not to burst a blister as it could lead to an infection or slow down the healing process.
There are a number of things you can do to avoid getting blisters caused by friction, sunburn or chemicals. For example, you can:
- Wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes
- Wear gloves when handling chemicals
- Use sunscreen
Blisters are fluid-filled swellings on the surface of your skin. They often occur in areas of the body such as the palms, fingers, heels and soles of the feet when they come into contact with objects that cause friction.
Some blisters are painless and some feel tender if pressure is applied. Blood blisters are dark in color and are often more painful than other blisters. You may have a single blister or a group of blisters, depending on the cause.
As new skin grows under a blister, the fluid inside the blister is gradually reabsorbed and the outer layer of skin dries and peels off. This usually takes three to seven days.
If you have a blister that’s infected, it will fill with pus, which may be yellow or green. The blister may be painful to touch and the skin around an infected blister may be red, or there may be red streaks leading away from the blister. Your skin may also feel hot and painful.
It’s important not to ignore an infected blister as it could potentially lead to secondary impetigo (a contagious bacterial infection of the skin) if it splits open (ruptures). This could lead to further complications such as cellulitis (a bacterial infection of the deeper layers of the skin) or sepsis (a life-threatening illness caused by the body overreacting to an infection).
Most blisters are common and can be caused by:
- Friction to the skin
- Contact with chemicals, such as detergent
- Heat – for example, from sunburn or a scald
- Medical conditions, such as chickenpox and impetigo (a highly contagious bacterial infection of the surface layers of the skin)
A blister usually forms when the outer layer of the skin has been damaged. Fluid collects under the damaged layer of skin, cushioning the tissue underneath. This protects the tissue from further damage and allows it to heal.
A blood blister usually forms when a small blood vessel close to the surface of the skin breaks and blood leaks between the layers of skin. This can happen if the skin is crushed, pinched or tightly squeezed.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.
- Take a bath as often as possible up to once a day with two litres of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey. Check out www.grasslandbeef.com.
Some of the following supplements are beneficial for general skin health:
- Silica – A trace mineral which strengthens the body’s connective tissues – muscles, tendons, hair, ligaments, nails, cartilage and bone – silica is vital for healthy skin. A silica deficiency can result in reduced skin elasticity and can also hamper the body’s ability to heal wounds.
- Zinc – This mineral is an important component of healthy skin. It is also required for proper immune system function, as well as maintenance of vision, taste and smell.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Dry, inflamed skin or skin can benefit from supplementing with essential fatty acids (EFAs), particularly omega-3s. Essential fatty acids are responsible for skin repair, moisture content and overall flexibility, and as the body cannot produce its own EFAs, they must be obtained through the diet.
- Selenium – An antioxidant mineral responsible for tissue elasticity, selenium also acts to prevent cell damage by free radicals and is well known to be correlated with a reduction of breast cancer risk.
- Vitamins C, E and A: Vitamin C is highly effective at reducing free radical damage, such as that caused by overexposure to the sun or pollution. Free radicals consume collagen and elastin – the fibers that support skin structure – and can cause wrinkles and other signs of premature aging. Vitamin C is especially effective at protecting the skin from overexposure to the sun when combined with vitamin E.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
The first step in the Ayurvedic approach to skin care is identifying the Ayurvedic skin type. If Vata is predominant, for example, skin is dry, rough, cold and wrinkled. Skin care products for vata skin types should include essential oils or herbs in combination. Sufficient sleep and regular meals can help balance vata and nourish the skin, thus avoiding emotional and physical strength, too.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Apply a paste made of fresh aloe vera gel or plain ghee and coconut oil to the affected areas.
Applying Neem oil to the wounds to speed healing.
Apply Tulsi (Grinded Basil leaves) directly on the wounds encourages healing.
Potato water (boil potato in a pan and used the water) to wash affected area is said to reduce swelling and pain.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Blisters from burns and scalds should not be pierced.
Apply a drop of lavender oil or tea tree oil and one drop of chamomile oil onto the blister, before patting in thoroughly but carefully.
Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Alum., am-c., anac., ant-c., ars., aur., bor., bry., bufo., canth., carb-an., carb-s., caust., cham., clem., crot-h., dulc., graph., hep., kali-ar., kali-c., kali-s., lach., mag-c., manc., merc., nat-a., nat-c., nat-m., nat-p., nit-ac., petr., phos., ran-b., ran-s., rhus-t., rhus-v., sep., sil., sulph., syph., verat., vip., zinc.
Try either of the following herbal treatments for relief from blisters:
Calendula – The herb calendula is known as a soothing and calming herb that can help the skin heal in case a blister has broken open. You can use calendula oil or a calendula tincture to help heal broken blisters. If using calendula oil or a tincture, first combine one part calendula with ten parts distilled water. Apply the mixture directly on the broken blister and cover with an adhesive bandage until the skin has healed.
Dandelion – Use the fresh stems of the dandelion plant to enact faster skin healing. The sap of the dandelion stems is known to contain high levels of vitamin A, which can help speed up the healing time of most blisters. If you have dandelions in your yard, make sure they are pesticide-free before picking them for medicinal purposes.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) http://www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Natural ayurvedic remedy for burns/wounds http://www.homeveda.com/skin/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-burns.html
EFT for treating disease http://www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
Aromatherapy for blisters www.essentialoils.co.za/treatment/blisters.htm
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Andrea Butje | Aromahead email@example.com – Aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt firstname.lastname@example.org – Organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA email@example.com – Meditation, stress
Judith Hoad firstname.lastname@example.org – Herbalist.
Kath May email@example.com – Reiki, Tai Chi.
Lillian Bridges firstname.lastname@example.org – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika email@example.com – Aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic practitioner.