My Husband Burnt His Finger From Hot Oil On The Stove. Now He Has About A 1 1/2 Inch Blister On His Finger. What Should We Do?

(Last Updated: Sep 27, 2007)

The skin is the protective layer of the human body that keeps out many foreign objects, infections and diseases. The skin is also capable of withstanding higher temperatures than the tissue within it. However, the skin might get burnt when it is exposed to extreme temperatures. Exposure to a hot object or fire will cause burning of the skin to take place. The extent of the burn depends entirely on the size of the hot object and the nature of the contact. Burns that are caused by hot fluids may occur over a patch, if a large amount of the fluid has fallen on the skin, or in spots, if the fluid has bubbled or splashed onto the skin.

Blistering tends to occur at a burn site when the layer below the top layer of skin is also damaged by the burn. The top layer usually sheds quickly and is replaced by the layer below it. However, if the layer below it is damaged, then one might suffer from a blister. It is fairly common for individuals to suffer from a blister on the finger. This happens when excessively hot water or oil splashes onto the skin. There are different things that need to be done when it comes to the treatment for a finger blister. Initially, immediately after the burn, the affected area should be washed in cold running water. This will wash off any remaining hot oil or water and will immediately soothe the skin. After the blister on finger has developed, the individual should clean the area and let it heal on its own.

There is no specific treatment for a finger blister that is caused by burning. The treatment of such a condition is to let the area heal itself. Immediately after the injury, the individual might be in some amount of pain. Ice can be used in a compress on the affected area to ease this pain. Furthermore, the patient can apply some topical burn creams that are available over the counter. Care should be taken to avoid any physical injury to the blister on a finger. This can rupture the blister and will cause additional pain. It may also lead to an infection developing on the site.

One should note that a blister on a finger should be pale skin colored because of the watery fluid within it. If the blister is dark or discolored, then it could indicate the development of an infection.

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Remedies for finger blister

The best thing to do with such blisters is to leave them alone. Trying anything like lancing or trying to squeeze out the water from them can lead to a slowdown of healing, and worse, infection. Treat the blister carefully, and ensure that it does not burst for as long as possible, because blisters indicate second degree burns that can actually turn serious and infect you. Do remember that the watery substance trapped in the blister is actually helping your burn to heal. Once the cover of the blister turns red, it will burst on its own and drain. This is the best way to treat a burn blister.

For relief from the pain, you can apply toothpaste to a blister. A peppermint toothpaste is the best of all. It will cool down the skin and provide relief, and the fluoride is believed to act as a healing agent. You can also ice it regularly, but remember to do this only after the skin covering it has begun to thicken. This would indicate that the healing process has begun and is well underway. Applying aloe vera gel is also a good way to provide relief, as is a paste of olive oil and peppermint leaves. Milk cream is also a soothing application on a burn blister.

answered by G M

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