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How do you drain a blister?

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To drain a blister that is large, painful, or in an awkward spot:

  • Wash the area.
  • Sterilize a needle with rubbing alcohol and water.
  • Make a small hole at the edge of the blister. Gently squeeze out the fluid.
  • Wash the blister again and pat dry. Don’t remove the skin.
  • Smooth down the skin flap.
  • Apply antibiotic ointment.
  • Cover the area loosely with a sterile bandage or gauze.

From: Blisters Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

NorthShore University Health System: “Blisters: Home Treatment.”

Kaiser Permanente: “Blisters -- Home Treatment.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “General Foot Health.”

Skinsight: "Blisters, First Aid."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:

NorthShore University Health System: “Blisters: Home Treatment.”

Kaiser Permanente: “Blisters -- Home Treatment.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “General Foot Health.”

Skinsight: "Blisters, First Aid."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 15, 2019

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