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10 Effective Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Blood Blisters

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10 Effective Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Blood Blisters September 22, 2017

Remember the time your hand got stuck in the door’s frame? An ugly-looking blister that had blood inside was what resulted from this unfortunate incident. Well, these blisters are blood blisters.

The presence of a blister is definitely annoying, and in the case of blood blisters, they can be painful too. Such blisters usually heal on their own, but this can take a couple of days. To speed up the recovery, you can use ingredients that are commonly found at home. This article shall talk about these remedies in detail. Keep reading to know more.

What Is A Blood Blister?

Blood blisters are red, fleshy bumps that are caused due to damage that affects the lowest derma layer of the skin. A pocket is formed in the skin, and it contains clear fluid along with blood. In the case of friction blisters, this pocket is filled with clear fluid only.

At first, a blood blister may appear to be red, but this color turns deeper or even becomes purplish with time. These blisters are usually found in the mouth, on the hands, on the feet or heels, near the joints, or any bony areas of the body (1, 2).

What Are The Causes Of Blood Blisters?

While friction blisters, as the name suggests, are caused due to friction, blood blisters are usually caused when something pinches the skin and does not break the skin’s surface. The stress and pressure experienced by the skin could happen during various scenarios:

  • Getting your skin stuck in a door jamb or the car door
  • Doing a physical activity like running or dancing for long periods
  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes that rub against the skin
  • Using tools (like a hammer or a shovel) that repeatedly rub against the skin
  • Scalding or burning
  • Sunburns
  • Reaction to irritants like chemicals
  • Infections

These are just a few examples. We are sure you can come up with your list based on past experiences.

Let’s now get to the remedies. Given below are easy-to-do remedies for blood blisters to help your skin heal and aid the bursting of the blister.

How To Get Rid Of A Blood Blister

  1. Epsom Salt
  2. Lavender Oil
  3. Salt Water
  4. Apple Cider Vinegar
  5. Warm/Cold Compress
  6. Witch Hazel
  7. Garlic Paste Or Oil
  8. Tea Bag
  9. Sandalwood
  10. Turmeric

Home Remedies For Blood Blisters

1. Epsom Salt For Blood Blister

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon Epsom salt
  • 1 cup warm water

What You Have To Do

  1. Dissolve the salt in warm water.
  2. Rinse the blister and the surrounding skin with this water.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice or thrice daily.

Why This Works

Epsom salt is essentially magnesium sulfate along with a couple of minerals. It detoxifies the skin, reduces the swelling, and also alleviates pain (3).

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2. Lavender Oil For Blood Blister

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You Will Need

  • 1-2 drop lavender essential oil
  • 1-2 drops almond oil
  • Gauze

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the two oils and pour the blend onto the gauze.
  2. Place this gauze on the blood blister and secure it.
  3. Remove it after an hour or so.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a day. Use a fresh piece of gauze every time.

Why This Works

Lavender essential oil sedates the pain associated with the blister (4). It is also known to speed up the healing process of such skin ailments (5).

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3. Salt Water For Blood Blister

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You Will Need

  • 1/2 cup salt
  • A tub of warm water

What You Have To Do

  1. Add the salt to the tub of water and mix well.
  2. Soak the affected foot in the tub for 10-15 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once or twice a day.

Why This Works

Soaking the area having the blood blister in warm salt water will help the blister burst easily. Once it bursts, it heals on its own.

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4. Apple Cider Vinegar For Blood Blister

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • A cotton ball or cotton pad

What You Have To Do

  1. Dilute the ACV with water and soak the cotton pad in this.
  2. Place it on the blister and leave it on for 10-15 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a day.

Why This Works

With its mild acidic action and detoxifying compounds, ACV will speed up the healing process of the blood blister. Its antimicrobial action will prevent the blister from getting infected (6).

Caution

Do not apply ACV on an open blister.

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5. Warm/Cold Compress For Blood Blister

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You Will Need

An ice pack OR a hot compress

What You Have To Do

Use whichever compress is available at home and place it on the blister for 15 minutes. Keep a clean towel in between if required.

How Often You Should Do This

Place the compress on the blister twice a day to speed up the healing process.

Why This Works

Soon after the trauma has occurred and the blood blister begins to form, placing a hot or cold pack will prevent inflammation and formation of a blister filled with blood and fluid. The temperature difference also helps to reduce the pain (7).

Note

If you do not have an ice pack and are going to use ice cubes, remember to place the ice on a cloth first. Otherwise, it could lead to a minor version of a frostbite.

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6. Witch Hazel For Blood Blisters

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You Will Need

  • Witch hazel solution
  • Cotton

What You Have To Do

  1. Using a cotton ball, dab some witch hazel solution onto the blister.
  2. Let it dry naturally.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this 3-4 times a day until the blister heals.

Why This Works

Witch hazel is a commonly used topical astringent to treat skin problems like cuts, abrasions, infections, and even blisters. Its astringent properties will dry up the blister and let it heal quickly. It also possesses anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the swelling (8).

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7. Garlic Paste Or Oil

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You Will Need

  • 5-6 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup olive oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Crush the garlic and heat it with the oil on low heat for 10-12 minutes.
  2. Let the oil cool down. Apply a drop or two on the blister. Massage very gently.
  3. Leave it on for 30 minutes.
  4. Store the remaining oil in an airtight jar.

Garlic can also be crushed and ground into a paste and applied on the blood blister. This paste can be left on for 10-12 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this freshly prepared garlic oil 3-4 times a day.

Why This Works

Garlic contains allicin, a therapeutic compound that can heal the blister and also prevent infection. It has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties (9).

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8. Tea Bag On Blood Blister

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You Will Need

A tea bag

What You Have To Do

  1. Wet the tea bag and keep it in the refrigerator.
  2. Place this on the affected area and leave it on for a couple of minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this a few times a day until the blister heals. The same tea bag can be used for an entire day.

Why This Works

The tannic acid in the tea will prevent infections and assuage the swelling (10).

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9. Sandalwood For Blood Blisters

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon sandalwood powder
  • Water

What You Have To Do

  1. Add a couple of drops of water to the sandalwood powder to make a smooth paste.
  2. Spread this paste evenly on the blister and wait for it to dry. This takes 10-15 minutes usually.
  3. Wipe off with a cool, damp cloth.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this paste 2-3 times in a day.

Why This Works

Sandalwood paste will absorb the warmth from the blister. Its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties will reduce the swelling and alleviate the blister-associated pain. It is also known to speed up the wound healing process (11).

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[ Read: Sandalwood Uses For Skin ]

10. Turmeric For Blood Blisters

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You Will Need

  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Make a thick paste by mixing the turmeric powder with honey.
  2. Apply this paste on the blister and keep it on for half an hour.
  3. Wash it off with cool water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times in a day.

Why This Works

Turmeric is widely used as a topical antiseptic agent. It also enhances the healing process by activating the required mechanisms in the skin for wound repair (12).

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A word of caution before you start giving these remedies a try – do not forcibly burst these blisters. It could lead to serious infections and discomfort.

These suggested remedies are here to aid the body in bursting the blister on its own. Also, smaller blisters can be cured at home, but for larger ones, it is better to visit a doctor to professionally drain them.

Now, let us look at some commonly asked questions on this topic.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

Tips For Blood Blisters?

Keep the affected area slightly elevated throughout the day to ensure that the blood blister doesn’t grow too big and cause a bigger bursting of the skin, thus making a larger area susceptible to infection.
Remember that blood blisters are easily susceptible to infections. So, ensure that your hands are always clean when dealing with them. Also, ensure that if the bandage covering the blood blister has become damp or dirty, it is replaced immediately.
If the blood blister is intact, do not cover it. However, if it is in a place that will touch other surfaces constantly, such as the feet or the palms, tie a loose bandage around the area.
If you are unfortunate enough to have a blood blister in an area on your body that folds frequently, such as the inside of your elbow or the back of your knee, the best thing to do is to attach a splint to avoid bending and unintentional popping of the blister.
If the blood blister breaks even after taking precautions, gently squeeze out all the liquid present inside with clean hands.
For preventing infections at the site of a broken blood blister, wash the area with plain water and an antibacterial soap. Apply an antiseptic ointment and cover it with a sterile bandage.
Do not apply alcohol or iodine directly on a broken blood blister.
Do not pick away any skin from the site of the broken blister. Simply smooth it over and apply the antiseptic ointment on it.

How Long Does It Take For A Blood Blister To Go Away?

On an average, blood blisters go away by themselves in 3-7 days.

Now that you know how to get rid of a blood blister, what are you waiting for? Blood blisters can look unsightly and also be painful. They do heal on their own, but this process can be accelerated by using the remedies given above. These remedies will also ensure there is no infection and minimum to no scarring.

Do give them a try and let us know your feedback.

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