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What's the common wisdom behind the care and feeding of burn blisters? Should the approach be one of benign neglect, or has the "lance and drain" school gained favor?

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khep From: khep Date: September 8th, 2004 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I normally just keep it cool (like under cool water). I wouldn't lance and drain because you have new skin beneath that could hurt like a bitch if exposed. The fluid acts like a buffer until it's ready. In the meantime, just show it who's boss.
komos From: komos Date: September 9th, 2004 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm just so used to hiking blisters. In that case, if you leave them, you're sure to take your boots off and find your foot torn to shreds.
bbbsg From: bbbsg Date: September 8th, 2004 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
burn creams.
also, ew. hope it heals quickly!
komos From: komos Date: September 9th, 2004 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's really not much else to be said for a 2nd degree burn. Thanks.
margimello From: margimello Date: September 8th, 2004 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I always pop them because as a kid, i was the one who would sit in class and pick scabs. The adult thing to do is to leave it alone unless it is in a spot where you are constantly rubbing it on stuff. Then I'd pop that sucker.
komos From: komos Date: September 9th, 2004 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Were you bored, or was it a kind of compulsion?

For what it's worth, I've always popped them as well. I guess the power of the interweb has made me a little more circumspect.
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: September 8th, 2004 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I recently had two identical blisters, so I undertook a scientific experiment.
I popped one.
short term, (1 week or so) better to leave it alone.
Long term, (1.5-3 weeks) better to have popped it.

at least I think that's what it was...
komos From: komos Date: September 9th, 2004 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Eventually, the skin over it dies and has to come off. The question is when...
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: September 9th, 2004 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup. Do it when you like.
I'd say pop it, unless you need to use that part of your body more than usual in the next weekish.
komos From: komos Date: September 9th, 2004 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll need to be nimble a little over a week from now so I can sling beer at Oktoberfest. Aside from that, it's just the standard keying and cooking.

Unless I get into a pottery session. I should look into that...
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: September 9th, 2004 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
up to you then my friend.
Up to you.

to pop
or not, to pop.
that is the question.
Whether 'tis nobler of the mind to suffer the pings and ouchies of outrageous popping, or to go painlessly into that good night...

and now i'm mixing up my quotes, so I'll call it a day.
From: pipibluestockin Date: September 8th, 2004 10:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Benign neglect is the way to go - keeps infection out.
komos From: komos Date: September 9th, 2004 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Skin is such a weird organ. Who thinks this stuff up, anyway?
From: pipibluestockin Date: September 9th, 2004 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I sat through a lecture on burn care (before lunch thank goodness) about 10 years ago.

The idea is not to break the skin and to protect it from breaking if you can. If it does get exposed dress the damaged area with something that will not stick to the burnt area.

cook_ting From: cook_ting Date: September 9th, 2004 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Speaking as a chronically burned individual, I'd recommend the blister pads for sale at any of the fine area pharmacies. Ostensibly for chafe blisters, they stay locked to your skin for days and provide a nice barrier between your tender flesh and the cruel outside world. There is also the option of a prescription for Silver Diazine. It's an antibiotic and promotes skin regrowth. Benign neglect can lead to ripping the blister and exposing the skin underneath. Perhaps a lancing followed by a blister pad would be the best method.

komos From: komos Date: September 9th, 2004 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are the pads akin the moleskin I've used while hiking?

On another topic, have you ever seen the woman in VT who turned silver after being treated with (IIRC) silver diazine? It's weird-ass stuff.
komos From: komos Date: September 9th, 2004 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nope, I was wrong. It was collodial silver. Condition's called argyria.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: September 9th, 2004 07:57 am (UTC) (Link)
What did you do to yourself?

No lancing. You don't want to let infection in. Cover the blister(s) with something to keep it/them from popping and, again, to keep infection out if they do...

See, now, if you had paid closer attention to how I cared for my little burn instead of teasing me about it, you'd know what to do ;-P

BTW, I tried to make a digital icon for you but was thwarted by my dial-up connection at home. I will try again on the DSL at school or work...
komos From: komos Date: September 9th, 2004 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nothing too terrible. Went to the docs and left with a healthy blister. Like I said above, skin is a weird organ.
transcribe From: transcribe Date: September 9th, 2004 08:04 am (UTC) (Link)
lance and drain! lance and drain! you won't get an infection. you won't. so long as you are tidy about it. but i'm all about self-medical procedures, so don't ask me.
komos From: komos Date: September 9th, 2004 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe I'll just slather some honey on it and hope for the best. ^_^
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komos From: komos Date: September 9th, 2004 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I knew someone had to go there.
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