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To pop or not to pop?

I gave myself a nasty burn on my finger yesterday. I've been dosing it regularly with Boiron Calendula gel, which is like magic, so the red painful part has shrunk down to a tiny rim around my blister.

However, this enormous blister on the inside of my finger, while providing me with several teachable moments with my middle-schoolers today about our bodies' great capacities to protect and heal themselves, is getting in my way.

I normally wouldn't pop, as I'm in favor of letting my body take care of itself, but it is DRIVING ME NUTS. How bad to pop it, and then just care for the wound carefully?


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Oct. 28th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
I knowwww... that is the problem! That's what I was telling my kids all day. Alas the frustration!
Oct. 28th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
I had a huge blister on the tip of my index finger (the hand I write with). I swear it was almost a cm high. I ended up popping it since it was driving me crazy and looked gross. I drained it, put a band-aid on it, and all was well.

That's just my own anecdote. Take what you will from it.
Oct. 29th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
I think if you're very careful to make sure everything is done in the cleanest way possible, you're safe to pop it. This is a good little article about it:

Oct. 29th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
I've always been told that you shouldn't pop them- don't know how true that is, but I have a habit of popping them anyways (yucky). I always drain them pretty much, clean them out and then let them heal on their own. I just can't stand having blisters on me :-(
Oct. 29th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
Don't do it! The best solution is to just let it heal on its own -- just like you told your students it would.

Yes, it's irritating. Yes, it's in your way. But you're better off letting it do it's thing. I did that when I spilled boiling jam on my finger, and I have absolutely no scar from it.
Oct. 29th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
yeah, I burned myself and where the blister was popped, it scarred... where I left it alone, it healed perfectly
Oct. 29th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
its not always good to pop them but Ive had ones that Ive left alone and they ended up popping while i was doing something where i couldnt clean it or i felt worried about it or it got so full that it popped on its own... so my vote... if its bothering you bad enough and its probably likely to pop on its own its better to just take a sterilized needle or safety pin and pop it. immediately put some type of remedy on it. I use Tea Tree Oil, but more of that Boiron Calendula gel or something and then put a band aid on it!!

it should be fine!q
Oct. 29th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
While what most folks have said is true, that skin is there to protect you, I've found if I can safely pop a blister and leave that skin intact, and keep it from getting peeled off, it's fine and out of the way quicker.
I just sterilize a needle in a flame, swab everything with alcohol, then poke the blister from the side to pop it and drain it; then swab lots with more alcohol then cover with a bandaid.
Oct. 29th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
I agree with this. Maybe add some tea tree oil to it when you popped it. I would then cover it when you are working, but otherwise keep it uncovered so it has air to heal.
Oct. 29th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
This, except I wouldn't use alcohol, as it kills cells you want to keep healthy. I'd just use soap and water, a dab of something antibiotic, and a bandaid.
Oct. 29th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
I'm with this one too. Ex marching band geek, I used to get epic sized ones that wouldn't pop and lead to extreme agony - when they did pop and I couldn't clean them immediately it wasn't a good thing.

It relieves the pressure without taking away the healing. I would also avoid the alcohol, warm water and TTO or some gentle soap will do the trick - let air dry and bandage tightly for a day or two, then let it breathe.
Oct. 29th, 2008 09:02 am (UTC)
oh, god. marching band blisters. my first summer out i didn't really pay attention when they said use sunscreen EVERYWHERE and ended up with epic sunburn blisters on both ears.


and i try not to think about the shoes. :)

OP: I think as long as you leave the skin on, it's OK. i'm a glutton for punishment and pop them (carefully, and leave the skin on). just my experience.
Oct. 29th, 2008 05:14 am (UTC)
Severely off topic
When I was scrolling down, I just barely glanced at the first line of this entry, which I read as

"To poop or not to poop?"

... and I wondered what situation would put a person in the position of having to ask advice on that question.

Oct. 29th, 2008 05:24 am (UTC)
Re: Severely off topic
Haha..glad I am not the only one who thought this.
Oct. 29th, 2008 10:44 am (UTC)
I'd pop it using a sterile needle, very carefully so you only make a small hole. I have discovered with my own frequent burns that if I can keep the covering skin well moisturised, with oil or moisturiser so it doesn't crack and flake off, the burns heal really well. This applies when there is no blister too.
Oct. 29th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
I burned my leg really bad a while back with hot tea, and the nurse said it was okay to pop it, but to keep it loosely covered with gauze and to try to keep the skin on top of it (the popped blister part) in place until it healed. I agree with the others who said that having it pop unexpectedly and then not being able to take care of it would be way worse than popping it on your own
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