Percer, arracher la peau… Comment soigner au mieux une ampoule ?

Percer, arracher la peau… Comment soigner au mieux une ampoule ?

Finally, summer vacation time! After spending the year locked up avoiding the rain and Covid-19, we all want to enjoy the outdoors. We took out the sandals, the mountain shoes and, for the bravest, the running shoes to get back to running in the sun (but not in the middle of a dodger, hey!). Except between bad sneakers and killer stilettos, in the summer, our feet can experience painful blisters.

A small sore that can be very painful and must be treated to prevent infection. Should I pierce it or not? To tear the skin or not? 20 minutes gives you the steps to follow when you get a blister.

The lightbulb for fools

“It is a mechanical reaction: the blister forms in case of repeated friction between the skin and the shoe, explains Dr. Isabelle Rousseaux, dermatologist. The friction causes inflammation and the outer layer of the epidermis is shed to form a blister that fills with liquid. And if you can get blisters all year long, summer is even more favorable. The heat makes you sweat more, which makes your feet swell, increasing your risk of getting one.

the good reflection

“The risk of blisters is that they become infected. So first the area is cleaned with soap and water or with an antiseptic such as mercurochrome or eosin, prescribed by the dermatologist. Then, in the case of a large blister with a fluid-filled bubble, you can take a needle, which you’ll sterilize with alcohol or by running it over a lighter flame (letting it cool, of course!), to pierce it. Later, we put on a dressing hydrocolloid, special for blisters, which has a silicone gel texture and will relieve pain by forming a small cushion on the blister, protecting the wound and promoting healing”.

For the next few days, “it’s all about avoiding infection and ensuring proper healing, which can take about two weeks if you have a large blister,” says Dr. Rousseaux. The procedure is “to disinfect every day with an antiseptic. If the blister is large and raw, you can, for the first two or three days, wear a special blister dressing 24 hours a day to prevent nighttime chafing. Otherwise, as soon as it begins to heal and is less painful, let the skin breathe at night, he recommends. So, it is better to shower with the bandage on to protect the wound, then gently dry it, disinfect it and put on a new bandage.”

the false good idea

“The skin should not be torn off: it acts as a natural bandage and promotes healing,” insists Dr. Rousseaux. As for the grandmother’s remedy that consists of passing a thread through the eye of a needle and then leaving it in the bulb after having pierced it, she forgets us. “Because it could cause an infection,” continues the dermatologist.

And if you get blisters and you’re already at your vacation spot, “it’s best to avoid walking barefoot in the sand when it’s really cold. The risk: sticking to the open wound that still hurts, Dr. Rousseaux recalls. Another bad idea is to immerse yourself in sea or pool water, at the risk of infecting the wound. It is a precaution to be taken right at the beginning”, he reassures.

happened to them

As a good pro of the resolutions that we did not fulfill, Julie had promised herself to return to the sport. “I finally terminated my subscription card to the room, where she had not set foot for a year, the young woman confesses. Three months ago, with the sunny days returning and the prospect of a summer vacation in a bathing suit, I wanted to go for a run. I put on my new tennis shoes, and after twenty-five minutes of not-so-comfortable strides, my face was red as a tomato and especially the hollow on the sole of my left foot was degummed by a huge blister. When I got home, I washed my foot with soap and water, gently patted it dry, and pierced the blister with a clean needle, then disinfected it with an antiseptic spray. But at night, with the punctured blister rubbing against the sheets, it hurt a lot. Suddenly the next day I cut the skin loose. Clearly, that was not a good idea. The skin was raw underneath, for three days I had trouble walking! Fortunately, I was telecommuting because I was in so much pain at every turn. It took over three weeks to heal properly! »

And Julie collects them. “I must have blisters on my feet!” A few days ago these are low-heeled sandals that got the best of my little fingers, in a few minutes I got two blisters, small but already painful at every step. In practice, “there are no blisters on the feet, but blistered shoes,” emphasizes Dr. Rousseaux. Most of the time, they are caused by inappropriate, new or too tight shoes, and they disappear very quickly. Like Julie, who didn’t stick around: “I ran to the nearest supermarket and grabbed gel-textured blister plasters to soothe the chafing. It is so effective that now I always keep one in my bag to be ready! »

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