Leg blisters are fluid filled tiny pockets on the upper layer of the skin. You may often come across leg blisters in elderly persons. The reason for leg blisters can vary from poor blood circulation in the leg to minor burn or skin injury or repeated skin friction or infectious diseases like chicken pox in children.
When the blisters burst, the fluid oozes out from it and the skin underneath heal in a natural way. But in some cases where there is poor circulation in the leg as a result of atherosclerosis of the blood vessels, or due to varicose veins and thrombophlebitis, they do not heal quickly and an ulcer develops.
Causes Of Blisters On Legs
The following are the causes and triggering factors for leg blisters:
- Poor blood circulation due to atherosclerosis also called peripheral vascular disease.
- Sun burn, chemical burns.
- Repeated frictions as in poorly fitted shoes, or wearing tight clothes.
- Exposure to extreme colds and heat.
- Obesity and lack of activity.
- Skin allergies such as detergent allergy, soap allergy etc.
- Varicose veins.
- Fixed drug eruptions due to allergy to that particular medicine.
- Chicken pox and herpes zoster.
Home Remedies For Leg Blisters
The task of treating a disease always becomes easy when you know the underlying cause. The same should be followed for leg blister treatment. First understand the primary cause of blisters on your leg. If they are due to minor injury or due to a minor burn caused while cooking, it will certainly heal on its own. It may not require any treatment.
- Apply aloe vera gel on the blisters caused by improper fitting shoes. Avoid those shoes for some time when you are suffering from foot blisters.
- Cold compresses on the blister with may provide relief from pain.
- Garlic effectively increases blood circulation. Eat two to three cloves of garlic every day. Simultaneously you sprinkle garlic powder or rub garlic oil on the blisters for quick healing.
- Vitamin C is a very important anti oxidant in healing blisters and ulcers. Eat guava, oranges, green vegetables, broccoli, parsley etc for natural source of C vitamin.
- Apply witch hazel 2 to 3 times in a day on the leg blister. It helps to dry the blister as it contains astringent tannin.
- Abstain from cigarette smoking, and alcohol.
- Avoid sugar and starch and follow a diabetic diet to control diabetes.