Homeopathy for Foot Blister
In most cases, blisters are caused by friction, but they can also occur due to things such as infection, burns and chemical exposure. They usually contain clear fluid known as plasma, but can sometime contain blood or pus.
Here, we will look at how they develop, the different types of blisters and common causes of each and then we'll look at the best treatment options and prevention strategies for blisters on toes and feet.
Blisters on feet develop when the skin on part of the foot is damaged, most commonly from friction. In an attempt to protect itself from further damage, fluid collects under the injured skin to provide cushioning and allow healing. This fluid forms a small pocket, known as a blister.
If blisters on feet become infected, pus forms and collects giving them a whitish or yellow tinge.
Blisters on toes are more common when the skin is moist and warm rather than when it is dry or soaked. This is one of the reasons people are often caught out – they may not be walking/running any further than normal but if they are going faster, the weather is warmer or wetter or their footwear is warmer material, their feet may perspire more, increasing the likelihood of blisters on feet.
There is often a misconception that blisters on toes develop from repetitive friction, however, it actually tends to be sudden, brief, intense friction or rubbing on the skin that causes blisters on feet. Prolonged, repetitive, less intense friction on the skin is more likely to result in foot corns or calluses.
a) Burns: First degree burns will often blister after a couple of days as they are healing. Second-degree burns usually blister immediately
b) Sunburn: Excessive exposure to UV light leads to sunburn which can result in painful blistering of the skin
Frostbite can be categorized in four stages. Blisters on toes are usually associate with second-degree frost bite.
5) Medical Conditions
Treatment for Blisters on Feet
1) Unburst BlistersIf possible, avoid bursting blisters on feet. Leaving the skin intact provides a natural barrier, reducing the risk of infection. As it heals, the skin will naturally harden and fall off. Ideally, leave blisters on feet uncovered and avoid wearing any shoes that rub. If necessary, you can cover them with either a plaster or gauze pad depending on their size or try using a product such as a Compeed dressing pad to prevent further friction on the area.
2) Burst BlistersMost large blisters on toes will break on their own. Don’t be tempted to remove the broken skin, instead, allow the fluid to drain and then cover the area with a sterile dressing which should be changed daily until it is fully healed.
3) Draining BlistersIf a large blister is causing considerable discomfort, you may need to drain it.
Wash your hands before you start and use a clean, sterile needle to make small puncture holes around the edge of the blister, rather than the centre.
Gently press over the area so the fluid drains out, then wash the area, pat dry and cover with clean gauze. Change the dressing daily.
4) FootwearIf your blisters on feet are the result of wearing new shoes, avoid wearing them again until the foot is fully healed. Then break the shoes in by wearing them for short periods until they soften.
Homeopathy approchBelladonna – when the abscess is red in color during the stage of inflammation, blood boils, there is throbbing pain without formation of pus.
Hepar Sulph – it acts well in early stages of pus formation, it stops formation of pus or aborts pus in very less time period. It is indicated when the pus starts coming out from an abscess, when the pus is thick, yellow and the patient is sensitive to touch.
Silicea – it acts better when there is low healing power. The character of pus is thin and watery in indolent ulcers which are hard to heal. The patient is chilly; better in dry and warm weather and worse in wet and cold weather.
Chamomilla – when the pain is unbearable we can think of this medicine.
Merc Sol – it favors rapid formation of pus, useful for glandular abscess with throbbing pain, worse from warmth of bed.
Fluoric Acid – to form healthy granulations after Silicea
Calcaria Sulph – excellent remedy for abscess which is slow to heal after rupture, with a continues discharge of yellow pus. Patient desires open air but sensitive to drafts. Tendency to the formation of abscess
Allium cepa : Blisters on feet or heels due to excessive walking or from pinching of shoes.
Anthracinum : Black and blue blisters.
Apis mel : Blisters due to insect bites.
Baptisia : Blisters in typhoid fever.
Cantharis : Blisters due to excessive walking or bums.
Graphites : Burning blisters.
Hypericum : Blisters from scalding with hot water, etc.