Ouch! Understanding and healing blisters.
It happens to everyone. You are spending an exciting day on the beach, enjoying a much-needed vacation when you doze off. After a few hours, you wake up, pack up your stuff and head out. Only then do you start to feel the pain. Sunburn! Worse yet, it looks like there may even be sunburns! Yuk!
Thankfully, many people have found themselves in this same position, and have found ways to help themselves recover, and prevent having this happen again. So what can lead a sunburn to become a sun blister, and what does that mean for the health of you and your skin? Lets take a look.
So, what exactly causes sunburn to become a sunblister?
Technically, it is UV-A radiation from the sun. UV-A penetrates the skin, killing off the production of new cells.
So, what it all comes down to is your skin, and the radiation produced by the sun. If our skin is exposed to this radiation for a long enough time, our skin begins turning darker and then redder in hue. This is the result of our skin “cooking,” or the outer most layers of our skin dying due to sun exposure. Usually this isn’t harmful.
However, when we are exposed to the sun for to long, we get sunburn. Severe sunburn can lead to blisters. Blisters are fluid filled bumps that will appear around the worst of the sunburn. These blisters will be painful to the touch, and take a while to go away on their own. Blisters can occur anywhere on our skin that is exposed to the sun, and is a result of the type of skin we have, the length of time we are under the sun, and the intensity of the sun.
Where as UV-A radiation penetrates deeper into our skin, the other radiation, UV-B is less harmful, penetrating only the outer most layer. So, when it comes to the cause of sunburns and sunblisters, it is UV-B.
How can I get rid of a sunblister?
The best thing you can do is stopping any sun exposure to a sunburned spot, especially when it is peeling and very sensitive. Also, avoid clothing that sticks to the sunburn. Cotton cloths are a good alternative, as they allow air to circulate and have less of a risk of sticking.
Aloe Vera is a well-known and powerful gel that can be applied directly to the sunburn or blister. Being well known, it can be found in most covenant stores and pharmacies at a reasonable price.
There are also a number of less known but still effective remedies to reducing and healing sunburns and sun blisters. These include applying lettuce leaves on the sores, rubbing buttermilk on the skin, applying oatmeal for 15-20 minutes, and putting slices of cucumber on sunburn.
Should I go to the doctor?
This is an important question to ask. Look out for the following signs. If these are happening to you, consider a doctor. These include pale or cool skin, dizziness, fainting, blisters that are causing severe pain, or nausea. Remember, it is better to be safe then sorry.