See What The Hydrocolloid Healing White Gel Bubble Looks Like
My mother came to visit last month. She bought a new pair of shoes on her last day, wore them all day, walked all around town and guess what happened.
She got a blister on her big toe! And it deroofed.
Bad news for mum. But as it turned out, good news for me. Because I needed to photograph how a blister heals with a hydrocolloid plaster. There’s only one other photographic example of a hydrocolloid healing showing the white gel bubble and I was keen to enhance that.
The only thing was she was leaving town that day. So she promised she would take photos and send them to me. She did a great job. Her photos clearly show how the hydrocolloid white bubble forms so you can see this is completely normal.
New deroofed blister with hydrocolloid blister plaster applied.
A white gel bubble starts to form within hours which indicates the wound is healing.
How hydrocolloids heal
Hydrocolloid blister plasters are exudate-absorbent hydrophilic gel dressings. They’re rubbery and slightly translucent. As your deroofed blister weeps, the hydrocolloid material absorbs the fluid and turns into a gel. From the outside, it looks like a white bubble. The dressing remains waterproof the whole time. The white bubble is a sign that your blister is healing.
You can learn more about how hydrocolloid blister plasters work here including:
- When you should change your plaster
- What your blister will look like when you take your plaster off
- Why you should tape the edges of your plaster down
Examples of hydrocolloid blister plasters
- Compeed Blister Patches - Three convenient shapes/sizes of blister plasters.
- BlisterPod Hydrocolloid Blister Plasters - Like Compeed, but sterile!
- Duoderm Ulcer Dressings - Used more in the hospital setting for ulcers and bed sores
- Comfeel Ulcer Dressings - As above
Click here if you want to know more about treating the 3 types of blisters, stimulating healing and preventing infection