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Blood blisters are caused due to the breakage of the blood surface underneath the skin. This breakage is caused without opening the skin like pinching or rubbing or scratching. Blood blisters usually contain blood instead of the common serum like liquid found in common blisters. Blood blisters are also called as cherry moles.
The common areas of body where blood blisters occur are feet, fingers and toes. Blood blisters occurring on feet and toes are caused due to improper fitting of shoes while walking or running whereas blood blisters on fingers are normally caused due to not wearing protective gear while doing activities like gardening, shoveling etc. Blood blisters also occur due to burns caused by intense heat, viral or fungal skin infections, allergies to some chemical irritants etc.
There are various ways by which blood blisters can be cured. Firstly, let the blood blisters to heal on their own. But if they are becoming painful try some tips like – wash your hands clean with soap and water before treating any kind of blood blister to avoid infection. Do not try to drain the blood by puncturing the blood blister using a needle on your own. This will worsen the situation as the blister will grow into an infection thus slowing down the healing process. Rather you can take help of a doctor in doing so.
If the blister gets punctured on its own then do not try to remove the flap over the raw skin as this serves as its protection. Applying some antibiotic cream over the blister area is recommendable. Keep the infected area bandaged and change the bandages over time so that the blisters get time to heal.
Do not try to rub the affected area. Instead you can use moleskin to cover the area and bring it in use. However, moleskin is not foolproof as it can also worsen the situation. Often blood blisters do not require special medical attention but sometimes it is advisable to see a doctor to check whether the blood blister is not a sign of some other serious disease.
To avoid formation of blood blisters keep the skin moist free as moisture and warm skin are more prone to develop blood blisters. Use properly fitting shoes and socks and protective gear like gloves while working to avoid blood blisters to occur.