If there is a red fluid filled blister underneath your skin, it is a blood blister. When the subdermal tissues and blood vessels under your skin get damaged without piercing the outer skin, a pool of lymph, blood and fluid is formed which remains trapped inside your skin. These blood blisters may cause mild to severe pain. If you try to puncture the skin that traps these blisters, it may ooze out a dark fluid. This will not be so if the fluid trapped inside the blister drys up leaving behind only the dead cells. Blood blisters are mainly caused due to deep injury along with pressure on a point. These blisters are commonly found over joints and such areas where bony structure is in prominence. For example, the back of your heel, toes, metatarsal heads or the ball of your foot. This is because excessive pressure on these areas ruptures your capillaries and the bleeding tracks into the blister making it a blood blister. As these blood blisters may pose a risk for infection, they need to be cured as soon as possible. Exerting as less pressure as you can, on the blood blisters is the first requirement. You can take help of various home remedies for blood blisters too. Here are some home remedies to get rid of blood blisters.
Home Remedies for Blood Blisters
1. Ice Pack for Blood Blisters
The first thing you need to do is stop the bleeding which is making your blister more bigger. As soon as you see the blood blister, apply an ice pack on this. This makes your blood vessels constrict to restrict the internal bleeding. It will also reduce the swelling and numb any pain that you may feel. However, do not apply ice directly to your skin. This may give you a cold burn. Instead wrap the ice in a towel or a clean cloth.
- Towel or clean cloth
- Place the ice on the cloth and wrap it to make an ice pack.
- Apply this to the area with blood blister.
- Hold it there for about 10 minutes, removing it now and then when you can’t tolerate any more cold.
- After 10 minutes, take some rest and again apply the ice pack.
- You need to apply ice pack every hour or so for the whole day when you first get the blood blister.
2. Black Tea Bag for Blood Blisters
Black tea has caffeine in it which helps shrink the blood vessels thus restricting bleeding from them. Many people use these tea bags to stop their wounds from bleeding. It just takes a couple of minutes to stop bleeding with the application of wet tea bag held against a wound with a little pressure. You can use this tactic for stopping internal bleeding in case of blood blisters too. As our skin is porous, the components of tea will seep into the skin and have positive effect in containing the internal wound. This remedy, however,works in the initial phase only, just after applying ice or cold pack or using it alternatively with the ice therapy for blood blisters.
- Black tea bag- 1
- Hot water- 1 cup
- Place the tea bag in a cup or mug.
- Pour hot water over it.
- Let it steep for 3-5 minutes.
- Take out the tea bag and keep it in the refrigerator.
- Meanwhile, you can enjoy the tea you have made by adding other ingredients as per your taste.
- Once the tea bag gets cold, take it out of refrigerator and place it against your blood blister.
- Hold it against the blister with some pressure for about 5 minutes.
- You may also wrap it up with a bandage or secure it with a tape.
- Remove the tea bag after a few minutes.
- Repeat this 3-4 times a day.
3. Cucumber for Blood Blisters
Cucumber has excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties along with such nutrients as vitamins K, C and B1 that are good for healing skin. Above all, cucumber has silica in it which rejuvenates skin by strengthening the connective tissues that hold your skin together. When you apply cucumber on your blood blisters, you will help reduce inflammation as well as pain and get soothing relief.
Ways to Use Cucumber for Blood Blisters
- Cut cucumber in slices and place a slice each on blood blisters. Secure this with a tape or bandage. Leave it there for about 15-20 minutes. Repeat 4-5 times or even more during the day.
- Blend some cucumber pieces and extract its juice. Apply this juice on your blood blisters with the help of a cotton pad.
- Drink 1-2 glasses of cucumber juice in a day.
- Add cucumber in your daily diet, preferably in salads and do not peel it.
4. Aloe Vera for Blood Blisters
Along with many other components, aloe vera sap has anthraquinones and saponins. Anthraquinones are naturally occurring phenolic compounds that have healing effects on our bodies. The major anthraquinones of aloe vera include aloin and emodin that have anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and analgesic properties. These anthraquinones found in Aloe vera break up residue, pus and lifeless cells. They also bring blood to the injured region and flush out non-essential materials from the wounds and ulcers. This function of aloe vera gel can come to your help when its about getting rid of blood blisters. Saponins found in aloe vera gel also provide relief from pain. It is said that saponins can increase the production of cortisone in the body which can reduce soreness and puffiness of blisters.
Ways to Use Aloe Vera Gel for Blood Blisters
- Break open a piece of aloe vera leaf and take out fresh gel from within it. Apply this fresh aloe vera gel on your blood blisters 4-5 times a day.
- If you can’t find aloe vera leaf, buy aloe vera gel and apply this to your blood blisters in the same way.
- Mix aloe vera gel and vitamin E oil in equal quantities. Apply this to your blood blisters. Repeat this 4-5 times a day.
5. Garlic for Blood Blisters
Garlic is one of the nature’s best herbs. It contains volatile oils of allin, allinase, allicin, sulphurous compounds, selenium, and vitamins A, B, C, and E. Due to its high sulphur levels, garlic is considered to be a stronger medicinal herb having excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Because blood blisters can turn infectious, you need to use some antibiotic and garlic is a natural antibiotic capable of killing a variety of microbes, viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites.
Ways to Use Garlic for Blood Blisters
- Apply garlic oil to your blood blisters and gently massage it for few minutes. Leave it for about half an hour before washing off. Repeat several times a day. You can make garlic oil by heating 5-6 crushed garlic cloves in a cup of olive oil for about 5-10 minutes at low heat. Cool it down to room temperature before applying this to your blisters.
- Use garlic tea for cold compress. To make garlic tea, steep 4-5 crushed garlic cloves in 4 cups of hot water. Let it cool down to room temperature. Soak a cotton ball or wash cloth in this garlic tea and apply to your blood blisters.
6. Witch Hazel for Blood Blisters
Witch hazel has been used traditionally for wounds and bruises since long back. The bark, leaves, and twigs of witch hazel shrub contain high amounts of tannins that make it a good astringent. Astringents are very good at drying, tightening, and hardening tissues and this is what you need to cure your blood blisters too. Not only tannins, many other components of witch hazel such as procyanadins, resin, and flavonoids make it a good anti-inflammatory agent. You can easily find witch hazel solution available in medical and general stores for your use. You may even get the herb from some health store and make witch hazel tea to prepare a compress for your blood blisters.
Ways to Use Witch Hazel for Blood Blisters
- Apply witch hazel solvent with the help of cotton ball to your blood blisters 4-5 times a day.
- boil 1 tsp of fresh or dried witch hazel leaves in a cup of water for half to 1 minute. Let it then steep for another 10-15 minutes or till it cools down to room temperature. Soak a cloth in this and apply to your blood blisters 4-5 times a day. This will reduce the swelling.
- Take 1-2 tsp of dried, powdered Witch Hazel and add enough water to make a paste. Apply this to your blood blisters 4-5 times a day.
7. Tea Tree Oil for Blood Blisters
Tea tree (melaleuca) oil has been used for more than hundred years in Australia and has now caught the attention of home and herbal remedy believers due to its excellent medicinal properties. Tea tree oil has effective antimicrobial properties, mainly due to the presence of terpinen-4-ol, a major component of the tree tea oil. In fact, the Bundjalung Aborigines of northern New South Wales used to crush the leaves of “tea trees” and sprinkle on wounds and bruises. The modern studies too show the antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antiprotozoal properties of tea tree oil. Therefore, this essential oil makes a good remedy for blood blisters too.
- Tea tree oil- 4-5 drops
- Water- 1 cup
- Dilute few drops of tea tree oil with water.
- Using a cotton ball, apply this solution to your blood blisters.
- Leave it for 10-15 minutes.
- Wash off with water.
- Repeat this 1-2 times a day
8. Epsom salt for Blood Blisters
Epsom salt is in fact a naturally occurring mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate with various health benefits. Magnesium and sulfate can be readily absorbed through our skin and they can reduce inflammation, help with proper functioning of muscles and nerves, as well as flush out toxins. The sulfates of Epsom salt help flush toxins and provide relief from pain. It actually triggers the reverse osmosis process that pulls out harmful toxins out of the body through the porous skin.
Ways to Use Epsom Salt for Blood Blisters
- Mix Epsom salt with enough warm water to make a paste. Apply this to your blood blister and wash off after 10-15 minutes. Repeat 2-3 times a day.
- If you have a foot blister or a blood blister in some area that can be soaked in water, add half a cup of Epsom Salt in a basin full of warm water. Soak your feet or hand in this for about 10 minutes and then wash off with normal water. Repeat twice a day.
- You may also soak a cloth in this water mixed with Epsom salt to make a warm compress for blood blisters in areas that cannot be soaked in water. Apply this compress to your blisters for 10 minutes and wash off.
9. Turmeric for Blood Blisters
The curcumin component of turmeric has excellent therapeutic and medicinal properties. It makes turmeric an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral herb. Turmeric also have antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-mutagen and anti-cancer properties. You can use this for healing your blood blisters too.
Ways to Use Turmeric for Blood Blisters
- Mix 1-2 tsp of turmeric powder with enough rose water to make a paste. Apply this to your blood blisters. Leave it there for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water. Take care as turmeric stains everything it comes in contact with.
- You can even mix turmeric powder with honey and apply this to your blisters. Wash off with warm water after 10-15 minutes. Repeat 2-3 times a day.
- Mix a tsp each of salt, ghee (clarified butter) and turmeric powder. Add enough water, if required, to make a paste. Apply this to your blisters. Leave for 10-20 minutes. Wash off with warm water. Repeat 2-3 times a day.
- Mix 1 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp of aloe vera gel, few drops of tea tree oil, 1 tsp of olive oil. Apply this paste to your blood blisters and leave for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with warm water. Repeat 3-4 times a day.
- Mix equal amounts of turmeric powder and ginger paste. Apply this to your blood blister. Leave for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with warm water. Repeat 2-3 times a day.
- Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to a glass of warm milk. Have this daily before going to bed.
10. Sandalwood for Blood Blisters
A very new research has come up with an interesting fact about sandalwood. It states that our skin cells have an olfactory receptor for sandalwood scent! What this means is that our nose is not only an olfactory receptor! What this also means is that sandalwood scent can increase cell proliferation and thus contribute to faster wound healing once these cell receptors are activated. This study was conducted by researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the report was published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. What is already known about sandalwood and its essential oil is that it has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antiphlogistic, antispasmodic, astringent, cicatrisant, disinfectant, and emollient properties among many other medicinal qualities. All this make sandalwood a good remedy for blood blisters too. The cool nature of sandalwood also absorbs the heat away from your blood blisters to speed up the healing process.
Ways to Use Sandalwood for Blood Blisters
- Take sandalwood powder and add enough rosewater to this to make a paste. Apply this to your blood blisters. Wait till it dries off on its own. Wash off with water. Repeat 4-5 times a day.
- Mix a few drops of sandalwood essential oil with a carrier oil such as olive or jojoba oil. Apply this to your blood blisters 3-4 times a day.
11. Ginger for Blood Blisters in Mouth
Ginger has known analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties and thus can prove helpful in alleviating blood blisters. This is especially good remedy for blood blisters in mouth. Blood blisters may form anywhere inside your mouth and not just on cheeks. These blisters can appear on your tongue and even on gums. As you cannot avoid friction while eating food or brushing teeth, these mouth blisters become even more painful. While you can always use garlic tea or diluted tea tree oil as mouthwash to treat blood blisters in your mouth, ginger too is one of the effective remedies for such blisters.
Ways to Use Ginger for Blood Blisters
- Eat a slice of fresh ginger everyday. Chew it gently in a way that its juice coats your blood blister in mouth.
- Make ginger tea by steeping slices of ginger in hot water. Let it cool down to room temperature. Rinse your mouth with this tea. Repeat 2-3 times a day.
12. Chamomile for Blood Blisters
Chamomile is considered to be one of the most ancient medicinal herbs that is used by mankind for various ailments. It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and astringent properties that make it a healing herb for wounds and bruises along with various other medical conditions. While the essential oils of chamomile are used in cosmetics and aromatherapy, chamomile herbal tea and tincture etc. are used as traditional medicine. You can use it to treat wounds, ulcers, eczema, gout, skin irritations, bruises, burns, canker sores, pain, hemorrhoids, and also for blood blisters. It not only cures inflammation but also infections that may cause due to these blisters. Chamomile is also safe to use for blood blisters in mouth.
Ways to Use Chamomile for Blood Blisters
- Make chamomile tea by placing 2-3 tsp of dried herb in a pot and pouring a cup of hot water over it. Steep it for 3-5 minutes and strain. Let this tea cool down to room temperature. Soak a cotton ball or cloth to make a compress and apply this tea to your blood blisters.
- Drink chamomile tea to heal blood blisters in mouth.
- Dilute 4-5 drops of chamomile essential oil in a tablespoon of olive oil. Apply this to your blood blisters 3-4 times a day.
- Crush the chamomile flowers using some water to make a paste. Apply this to your blood blisters. Leave for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with water. Repeat 2-3 times a day.
13. Precautions for Blood Blisters
Blood blisters usually heal with time. Home remedies or medicines for that matter speed up the process of their healing. Whether you decide to let the blisters heal by themselves or consider using remedies for them, you need to take certain precautions so that these blisters may not become larger and worser. Also you need to prevent any infection and here are some ways you can do so.
- If possible, try to remove pressure as a whole so that the blister covering remains intact. This lets the blisters heal on their own. For example, if you have a blood blister on top of your toe, wear open-toed sandals.
- Never break the skin around your blood blister. If you take this measure, you won’t have any scar once the blister heals. It also keeps away any infection that may be caught by an open wound or that may result from an infected tool like pin etc. that you may use for breaking the skin.
- If your blister is at such a place where you cannot prevent exerting pressure such as the ball of your feet, use some padding technique to insulate it as far as possible. For example, you may use a cotton pad and an adhesive tape to secure the blister. A thick adhesive orthopedic felt may also come to your help.
Taking these preventive measures and using the natural home remedies can speed up the process of healing of blood blisters.