Blisters, in simple terms, are fluid filled bubbles that appear on the skin. It is actually a raised portion of epidermis, the upper layers of skin that is filled by body fluids such as plasma, blood, serum or pus. Blisters can also occur as a symptom of other underlying conditions. Blisters are usually found on the feet and hands.
The most common causes of blisters are:
- Exposure to chemicals
- Allergic reaction
- Certain autoimmune disorders
Symptoms for blisters may vary widely:
- Small bumps on skin
- Bumps may be fluid filled
Your doctor can diagnose a blister usually by looking at it. Additional information may be required such as medical history, allergies or infections which can help in diagnosing other related conditions and treating the blister.
- Wear the right clothing
- Use well-fitting shoes
- Use moisturizers
A blister usually heals on its own. Seek medical help if there is an infection or other associated conditions.
- Cover the blister with a band aid
- Keep the affected area clean
- Do not break or pop the blisters
- Use protective paddings
- Use ice packs for relief
- Make sure, no more rubbing of the skin happens
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