To pop/prick a burn blister or not ?? (Update)

Discussion in 'Training, Fitness and Health' started by Dave7, 5 Feb 2018.

  1. Dave7

    Dave7 Veteran

    Location:
    Cheshire
    Mrs Dave decided to pour boiling water on the back of her hand.
    Immediate flushing with cold water followed by lots of lavender and we thought "phew....looks like we caught it".
    Over night a nice juicy blister has appeared.
    Googled NHS and it says DO NOT PRICK as the fluid is what protects the underneath layer from infection etc.
    Now.....for many years I understood that blisters could/should be pricked.
    Just shows how opinions change.
    Anyway...........
    Went to pharmacist who said...." looks infected...go to the doctor".....who said....."no appointments left-go to the "hub" where they have nurses".... who said they "have no appointments available...go to your doctor".
    All we want is a doctors opinion and (if the pharmacist is correct) some antibiotics so dont want to sit in A&E for 4 hours........and that is not a dig at our NHS who generally do a great job.
     
  2. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Call 111 who can refer you to an emergency GP with a specific appointment

    Or call your GP surgery and ask to speak to someone by phone if they can't see you face to face

    In the meantime keep it covered and dry
     
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  3. IBarrett

    IBarrett Senior Member

    Location:
    Nottingham
    cut it
    cover it with iodine
    peel Mrs Dave off the ceiling

    Well thats what the medics did with my walking blisters in the 80's
     
  4. AndyRM

    AndyRM Guru

    Location:
    Whitley Bay
    My approach (rightly, or more probably wrongly) has always been to prick it, drain the fluid, then wrap tightly with bandage/gauze. This seems to sort of re-attach the skin within a few hours.

    @vickster's advice is far more sensible.
     
  5. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    I wouldn't treat an infected burn in the same way as a walking blister
     
  6. OP
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    Dave7

    Dave7 Veteran

    Location:
    Cheshire
    Thanks
    GP has just phoned and will see her at 18:15 tonight.
     
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  7. OP
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    Dave7

    Dave7 Veteran

    Location:
    Cheshire
    Got in to see the Doc......a good job as she says its infected. Mrs Dave is allergic to anything ending in "cyllin" so is applying Fusidic Acid cream
     
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  8. IBarrett

    IBarrett Senior Member

    Location:
    Nottingham
    Well that sounds just as bad as pouring boiling water on in the first place.

    Can someone explain how pouring boiling water onto skin ends up with an infection under unbroken skin - I thought boiling water sterilised things.
     
  9. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    I guess because it’s hot so the skin burns and blisters. It doesn’t sterilise skin which is already covered in bugs most of which don’t cause an issue until the skin is damaged

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/burns-and-scalds/complications/#infection

    Why is applying antibiotic cream as bad as burning the skin?
     
  10. IBarrett

    IBarrett Senior Member

    Location:
    Nottingham
    But I guessed from the subject of the thread the blister hadn't burst so how does it get infected?

    The NHS link only relates to "If your burn or scald has a blister that has burst, it may become infected if it's not kept clean"
    Which I do understand.
     
  11. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Because maybe the bugs were on the skin before the blister formed or the blister wasn’t completely airtight. The OPs wife doesn’t live in a sterile bubble afaik
    Maybe go ask Dr Google ?
     
  12. FishFright

    FishFright More wheels than sense

    A splash of hot water won't counts a sterilisation , so many nasties would survive a short exposure
     
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  13. OP
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    Dave7

    Dave7 Veteran

    Location:
    Cheshire
    TBH we never thought to ask that.......it is a good question.
    Both the pharmacist and Doctor said it was infected so (in our state of panic) we just accepted it.
     
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