A blood blister, unlike a normal blister, is filled with blood instead of the clear fluid called serum. Blood blisters, which can cause extensive skin discoloration, occur when the sub dermal tissues and /or blood vessels get damaged due to a non penetrating trauma. Blood blisters which are extremely painful to the touch can range in size, from as small as a pin-head, to as large as a couple of centimeters in diameter. A blood blister can develop due to a variety of reasons, including prolonged exposure to harmful chemicals, forceful pinching of the skin and / or viral skin infections (to name a few causes). It is important to treat blood blisters properly to prevent further infection. Some time honored home remedies to treat blood blisters are mentioned below.
Here Are 8 Effective Home Remedies For Blood Blisters:
Sandalwood paste is one of the best natural treatment options to get rid of painful blood blisters. Applying sandalwood paste, which is prepared from organic sandalwood powder, on the blood blister will help to draw the heat away from the blister. The skin cooling property of sandalwood paste can bring down inflammation thereby hastening the healing process of blood blisters.
Mix half a teaspoon of organic sandalwood powder with one tablespoon of rose water to form a thick paste. Apply the sandalwood paste liberally on the blood blister. Allow the sandalwood paste to remain on the blood blister for fifteen to twenty minutes and then wash it off with cold water. Repeat this home remedy several times a day to ease the inflammation and pain.
2. Ice Pack
Placing an ice pack on a blood blister can to a large extent bring down the swelling and pain. An ice pack placed on a blood blister can help to control internal bleeding as well. Ideally, you should place an ice pack on the blood blister within ten minutes of its appearance. Place five to ten ice cubes inside a thick towel. Tie the ends of the towel together with a piece of kitchen twine. Now place the ice pack on the blood blister and allow the ice pack to remain on the blister for three to four minutes at a time. Repeat this home remedy frequently to heal blood blisters.
Cucumber is used to treat a variety of skin issues including blood blisters. Cucumber contains plenty of silica, which is an important trace mineral. Silica helps to strengthen the network of connective tissues which holds skin together. Cucumber contains plentiful amounts of caffeic acid and ascorbic acid. These two natural acids can help to bring down skin inflammation, due to blood blisters. The skin cooling properties of fresh cucumber can hasten the healing process of these painful blisters as well.
Cut a chilled cucumber into large roundels. Place the cucumber slices directly on the blood blisters. Allow the cold cucumber slices to remain on the blood blisters for ten to twelve minutes. Repeat this home remedy a couple of times a day to get rid of painful blood blisters.
Organic turmeric powder is renowned for its exceptional healing powers. The inherent anti-septic and skin cooling properties of turmeric powder helps to cure blood blisters in next to no time. Mix half a teaspoon of organic turmeric powder with one tablespoon of organic honey to form a thick paste. Use your fingers to apply the turmeric paste directly on the blood blister. Allow the turmeric paste to remain on the skin for at least half an hour (or till the turmeric paste dries out completely), and then wash it off with cold water. For best results, repeat this remedy at least twice or thrice a day.
5. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel is extremely beneficial in treating blood blisters as it contains potent anti-inflammatory properties. Aloe vera gel is also famed for its skin cooling properties. These unique properties of aloe vera gel aid in healing an excruciatingly painful blood blister very quickly.
For this particular home remedy, simply mix equal quantities of pure aloe vera gel with vitamin E oil. Apply the viscous mix directly on the blood blister. Allow the aloe vera gel and vitamin E mix to remain on the blood blister for at least fifteen minutes. Wipe off the excess mix with a wet tissue. Repeat this home remedy till the blood blister disappears.
6. Epsom Salts
Washing blood blisters with Epsom salt solution can hasten the healing process. Epsom salt solution not only helps to reduce the inflammation, but this solution also helps to dry out the blisters. Dissolve a couple of teaspoons of Epsom salt in two and a half cups of water. Wash the blood blister repeatedly with Epsom salt solution. Finally, pat the blood blister dry with a clean towel. Repeat this home remedy a couple of times a day to get immense relief from painful blood blisters.
7. Tea Tree Oil
The powerful antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal property of this essential oil makes it one of the top choices for treating blood blisters. For this particular home remedy dilute two to three drops of tea tree oil in half a cup of luke warm water. Dip a clean cotton ball in the tea tree oil solution. Wipe the blood blister with this solution. Allow the tea tree oil solution to remain on the blood blister for at least fifteen to twenty minutes and then wash the excess mix off with cold water. Repeat this home remedy frequently to get instant relief from painful blood blisters.
You should never apply undiluted or neat tea tree oil on a blood blister as it will only worsen the inflammation and pain
8. Tea Bag
Placing a chilled tea bag on a blood blister is yet another effective natural treatment option. The natural acidic agents in tea can help to toughen the skin while hastening the healing process. For this particular home remedy, moisten a tea bag and place it inside a refrigerator for half an hour. After the prescribed period of time, remove the tea bag from the refrigerator and place it directly over the blood blister. Allow the cold tea bag to remain on the blood blister for at least fifteen to twenty minutes. Finally, remove the tea bag and wipe the area dry with a clean towel. Repeat this home remedy a couple of times a day to speed up the healing process of a blood blister.