How Stuff Works / Dr. Peterson Pierre

Should You Pop Your Blisters?

February 11, 2020

blister on foot

So how do you do it? Follow these simple steps provided by Dr. Peterson Pierre of the Pierre Skin Care Institute in Thousand Oaks, California, to achieve the safest outcome possible:

  • Wash the affected area with soap and water.
  • Using a sterile needle, safety pin or pair of medical scissors, gently poke the blister. Most of the fluid should leak out easily. If it doesn’t, it’s not ready to be popped.
  • Apply soft pressure to ensure that all of the serum is released.
  • Dress the area with a pressure bandage to prevent fluid from reaccumulating in the blister. This also protects the skin and helps the area heal.
  • Although some doctors recommend applying antibiotic cream, Pierre says to steer clear. “In fact, products like Neosporin can irritate the area, he says via email. “Vaseline or Aquaphor with the bandage is sufficient to provide an environment conducive to rapid healing.”

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