what is the best way to get rid of fever blisters? i heard neosporin, toothpaste, and lip balm but what is the best?
The treatment of friction blisters varies from doctor to doctor!e-medicine!com recommends that you POP the blister !From e-medicine:Medical CareManagement of friction blisters includes sterile drainage of the site while leaving the blister roof intact to serve as a dressing! This method helps relieve some discomfort and protects the site from superinfection! A donut of moleskin may also be applied to minimize additional trauma to the blister and to relieve discomfort! If the blister roof is already fully or partially removed, treat the site as an open wound with appropriate antiseptic and surgical bandage application! Hydrocolloid dressings have also been proven to decrease discomfort and encourage healing! Some recommend debridement of the skin of the blister, the use of a topical containing nitrofurazone, and the application of a bandage!3 * Prompt attention to friction blisters is important to prevent the development of secondary impetigo with possible cellulitis and sepsis! * * Institute appropriate systemic antibiotic therapy if impetigo develops!***Basically what they are saying is: Clean the area with antimicrobial/antibacterial soap (Dial or any antibacterial soap including liquid dishwashing detergent) Dry the area by blotting with a piece of gauze! Take a needle or pin that you have wiped down with alcohol or betadine or peroxide (what ever you have at home) and insert it into the blister from the side! NOT the top of the blister as that will cause the skin to tear! Just gently nick it from the side and all of the fluid will drain! Keep blotting the site until all of the fluid has drained and then cover with Neosporin and a bandaid! Change the bandaid/neosporin daily!***You want to keep the top layer of the blister because this provides a protective covering to the new skin underneath and your blister site will be less painful! That layer of skin will eventually scab/dry off! Make sure you keep the area clean and dry!
Improve. Neosporin can help to prevent infection and so helps wounds heal faster, however, it will not do anything specific for a fever blister. An over the counter