Hydrocolloid Healing: That White Gel Bubble
My mother came to visit last month. She bought a new pair of shoes, wore them all day, and came home with a deroofed blister on her big toe. Bad news for mum. But as it turned out, good news for me. Because I wanted to show you the white gel bubble that shows hydrocolloid healing.
There’s only one other good photographic example of hydrocolloid healing showing the white gel bubble and I was keen to enhance that.
The only thing was, she was leaving the next day. So she promised to 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.
How hydrocolloids healing looks
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
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