Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Skin Blister Home Care

Home care for blisters includes:

  • Avoid activities that cause blisters.
  • Clean the blister gently with soap and water.
  • Apply a protective bandage over the blister.
  • Do not puncture a blister. This increases the risk of infection.
  • Care for a ruptured blister:
    • Clean the skin gently with soap and water.
    • Apply antibiotic ointment.
    • Apply a protective bandage over the blister.
  • Protect the skin from blisters:
    • Apply petroleum jelly to the skin.
    • Use foot pads to protect the skin.
  • Care for your feet:
    • Avoid footwear that places pressure on the foot.
    • Avoid shoes that are too small.
    • Avoid high-heeled shoes.
    • Break-in new shoes slowly.
    • Change shoes and socks when they become wet.

Skin Blister Pain in Adults

Medications commonly used to control pain and inflammation in adults with blisters include:

  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Adult dosing is 2 regular strength (325 mg) every 4 hours or 2 extra-strength (500 mg) every 6 hours.
  • Maximum dose is 4,000 mg per day.
  • Avoid this drug if you have alcoholism, liver disease or an allergy to the drug. See the package instructions.
  • Common brand names include Tylenol, Panadol, and many others.





NSAID Precautions

Skin Blister Pain in Children

Common medications used at home for pain and fever in children with blisters include:

Aspirin and most of the other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are not used in children except under a doctor's care.

  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Dosing is 10-15 mg per kilogram (5-7 mg per pound) of body weight every 4-6 hours, up to the adult dose.
  • Do not exceed the maximum daily dose.
  • Acetaminophen products come in various strengths. Always follow the package instructions.
  • Avoid this drug in children with liver disease or an allergy to acetaminophen.
  • Common acetaminophen products include Tylenol, Panadol and many others.



Skin Blister Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have blisters and any of the following:

Continue to Skin Blister Outlook

Last Updated: Dec 2, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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