Blood blisters develop when there is damage to the skin. The small vessels of blood will rupture under the surface of the skin and result to a reddened bump that causes pain.
Blood blisters are similar with other blisters except for the red fluid inside that are composed of blood, lymph and other bodily fluids. Fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and frostbite can cause development of blood blisters. Others people prone to blood blisters include soldiers, athletes, mechanics, construction workers and musicians which usually develop in their hands or feet.
Causes of blood blisters
- Blood blisters on the fingers or toes are very painful.
- Blood blisters happen due to excessive pinching of the skin, wearing shoes that fit very tightly and rubbing the skin on the feet and toes very badly.
- Accidentally closing a door on the fingers
- Skin burns from cooking
- Exposure to harsh chemicals
- Skin infections such as eczema
- Avoid breaking the skin around the blood blister.
- Apply a cold compress or ice pack on the affected area. The cold temperature constricts the blood vessels which help lessen the swelling and stop internal bleeding. If an ice pack is not available, a bag of frozen vegetables or a cold spoon can be used. Put ice cubes in a plastic bag and wrap using a towel and then place on the blister for at least 10 minutes and remove for a few minutes and then apply it again. Repeat this procedure several times immediately after the injury. Avoid applying ice directly on the skin to prevent ice burn.
- Cucumbers have silica which is a trace mineral that helps strengthen the connective tissues in the skin. It also helps lessen the swelling and inflammation caused by the blood blisters. Slice chilled cucumbers into thick slices and place them over the blisters for a few minutes for several times every day for a few days until the blisters disappear. Another way is drinking a glass of fresh cucumber juice every day.
- Turmeric has therapeutic and medicinal properties that helps treat skin conditions such as minor burns, sunburn and blisters. Turmeric is also an antiseptic and helps prevent infections. Make a paste by mixing a teaspoon of turmeric powder and a few drops of rose water or honey. Mix well and then apply it on the blisters at 2-3 times every day. In a glass of warm milk, mix it with a teaspoon of turmeric powder and drink before going to sleep at night.
- Epsom salt helps lessen the pain and inflammation due to the blood blisters. The warm water will help with the popping the blisters naturally. Prepare the solution by mixing warm water and a small amount of Epsom salt. Mix them well and use in cleaning the blood blister at least 2-3 times every day.
- If a blood blister bursts open, clean with an antibacterial soap and apply antiseptic ointment on the open wound and cover with a bandage to help prevent infections.