A Blisters is a small pocket of frame fluid (lymph, serum, plasma, blood, or pus) inside the upper layers of the skin, commonly caused by forceful rubbing (friction), burning, freezing, chemical publicity or contamination.
Causes of Blisters?
Many things can cause including:
- Something rubbing or pressing against the skin This might happen from wearing a tight fitting shoe or gripping a tool.
- Bad burns, often from something very hot (like a boiling water or a stove) or a sunburn
- Allergic reactions to something that touches the skin, such as poison ivy or poison oak
- Problems with the body’s infection-fighting system (called the “immune system”)
Symptoms of Blisters?
The symptoms include one or more fluid-filled bumps on the skin. The fluid is usually clear.
Will I need tests?
Maybe. If you need to see a doctor or nurse , he or she might do tests to find the cause . This might include taking a sample of your skin.
Should I see a doctor or nurse?
See your doctor or nurse right away if you are not sure what caused or if you have:
- It is in your mouth, near your eyes, or in or near your anus or genital area
- Blisters all over your body
- Painful blisters
- Blisters with pus inside
How should I take care of a blister?
To care for caused by something rubbing or pressing the skin or a burn, you should:
- Wash the area with soap and water.
- Do not pop or poke the blister with a sharp object. Opening the blister makes it more likely to get infected and slows healing.
- If the blister pops, keep the area clean and cover with a bandage to protect it.
- Do not scratch blisters from poison ivy. If you have poison ivy, your doctor might recommend medicine to ease itching or other bothersome symptoms.
- Most blisters heal in about a week.
Can blisters be prevented?
You can reduce your chances of getting if you:
- Wear shoes that fit properly
- Use gloves or protective padding when working with tools
- Wear a hat, protective clothing, and sunscreen when out in the sun