How to Treat Blisters on Your Hands

Blisters are a common ailment of the hands, which can be a result of friction-related damage, or burns. It is important to try to keep the skin over a blister intact, as this will help prevent infection and further skin damage. If the blister becomes unbearably painful, or if it is causing you to be unable to use the affected hand(s), then it needs to be punctured. This should be done carefully, however, to prevent infection.

Step 1

Wash the affected area. The first treatment for hand blisters should be to wash the hands and the blister with warm water and soap. Because the most common problem with blisters is infection, it is important to clean it to try to eliminate all bacteria.

Step 2

Disinfect the outside of the blister. The best way to do this is with iodine or alcohol, both of which will kill bacteria. Soak a cotton swab with either iodine or alcohol and rub it gently on the blister.

Step 3

Disinfect a needle. Your needle should be clean and sharp, and to sterilize it, immerse or rinse it in rubbing alcohol.

Step 4

Puncture the blister with the needle. Your goal should be to leave the skin over the blister largely intact (this will serve as protection and help it to heal), so try to puncture a few holes around the edges of the blister and let the fluid drain.

Step 5

Apply antibiotic ointment to the blister (available over the counter at drug stores). Cover the blister with a bandage.

Step 6

After several days, cut away the dead skin, using tweezers and a pair of scissors that have been sterilized in rubbing alcohol. Apply more ointment and a bandage until the area has healed completely.

Things You'll Need

  • Soap

  • Iodine or rubbing alcohol

  • Cotton swab

  • Needle

  • Antibiotic ointment

  • Bandage

  • Tweezers

  • Scissors

Load Comments

Copyright © 2019 Leaf Group Ltd. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the LIVESTRONG.COM Terms of Use , Privacy Policy and Copyright Policy . The material appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM is for educational use only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. The LIVESTRONG Foundation and LIVESTRONG.COM do not endorse any of the products or services that are advertised on the web site. Moreover, we do not select every advertiser or advertisement that appears on the web site-many of the advertisements are served by third party advertising companies.