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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org – Aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt email@example.com – Organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA firstname.lastname@example.org – Meditation, stress
Judith Hoad email@example.com – Herbalist.
Kath May firstname.lastname@example.org – Reiki, Tai Chi.
Lillian Bridges email@example.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika firstname.lastname@example.org – Aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic practitioner.