Blisters Questions and Answers Archive

Aug
2001

Q&A: I have these small blisters on my fingers that itch and ooze a clear liquid and then dry up and become scaly. Where does it come from, how do you get it and is it curable?

Question:

I went to a dermatogist about 8 months ago because in the last year and half I have gotten these small blisters on my fingers they itch and ooze a clear liquid then dry up and become scaly. These blisters move from finger to finger and the doctor I spoke with say that there isnt bacteria present and that this condition will never go away. She gave me some ointment and told me to keep my hands dry and moisterized. My question is what is this condition? How does one get this? Where does it come from? Is it true it is uncureable? Will it eventully take over my whole hands? What research is going on about this condition?

- Denette

Answer:

 Amy Forman Taub, M.D. - LocateADoc.com

Dear Denette, Although I can't make a diagnosis for sure by your description, it sounds like you have dyshidrotic eczema. It used to be believed that this was due to abnormal sweating and that the blisters were due to retained sweat but now we know that this isn't the case. However, we don't know what causes it. It can be made worse by everything that can make regular ecema worse such as harsh chemicals, too much washing/drying of the hands, sweat, etc. It is usually treated with potent topical steroids (For a description of these see my website at www.skinfo.com, click on skintopics and go to the section on psoriasis, topical treatments). In the past 6 months a new ointment called Tacrolimus (brand name Protopic) has become available which has helped many people with this condition. To say it is uncurable is a little harsh, but it does tend to be chronic which means it waxes and wanes over time. I am not aware of research being done on this topic, although that does not mean there isn't any.

-- Amy Forman Taub, M.D.
Lincolnshire, Illinois



May
2001

Q&A: What can be done to avoid or reduce scars from a facial burn?

Question:

On April 9,2001 I was at work and a burning torch that I was using blew up in my face.I suffere from 2nd degree burns on my face neck and chin.Since then I have developed some blisters and as of right now I feel like there will be some scars left behind and some skin discoloration as well. Before this I had no scars in my face and I was quite proud of that but now I will bare scars so I want them removed. Can you give me any advise?

- aretha

Answer 1:

Josh Korman, M.D., F.A.C.S. - LocateADoc.com

Dear Aretha, Since it is still early, (with the blisters still in place) there are several things you can do to minimize the scarring while the healing is taking place. These include types of dressings, sun avoidance, bleaching creams etc. But I would suggest you see a physcian versed in this area soon to make sure that you have as little scarring as necessary. In general, 2nd degree burns that cause blisters, do not leave scars but it depends on several factors. Best of luck.

--Josh Korman, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mountain View, California

Answer 2:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Aretha, You should visit with a burn surgeon who will be able to tell you at this point if there is any permanent scarring. If there is, there are a great many things that can be done from surgery through to laser treatments in order to make the scars better.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Dec
2000

Q&A: Sometimes I get painful blisters on the exterior of my pubic area. I am really scared that something may be wrong and am wondering if anyone can give me some insight on this problem. Thank you.

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Sometimes I get painful blisters on the exterior of my pubic area. These mainly appear after or before menstruation and has been occuring since I was 15, without sexual activity. (Now I am currently 19) I am really scared that something may be wrong and am wondering if anyone can give me some insight on this problem. Thank you.

- G.

Answer:

Daniel Potter, MD, FACOG - LocateADoc.com

Even though you are not or were not sexually active, you should be seen by a gynecologist will the lesions are present and the gynecologist should consider performing herpes cultures. THere are other possible modes of transmission.

--Daniel Potter, MD, FACOG
Fullerton, California



Jul
2000

Q&A: What are the fever blisters that come on the outside of your vagina? It is very itchy?

Question:

What are the fever blisters that come on the outside of your vagina? It is very itchy?

- Felicia

Answer:

Daniel Potter, MD, FACOG - LocateADoc.com

They are most likely genital herpes. You should see your gynecologist

--Daniel Potter, MD, FACOG
Fullerton, California



Sep
1999

Q&A: What should I do about getting blisters covering my body from what I think might be local anesthesia?

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I've had very strange episodes of huge (up to quarter-sized), liquid-filled, circular blisters that cover my body. Usually they will appear over the same areas. Each time with greater severity. They clear after a few weeks. I noticed there might be a correlation to having been given local anesthesia around the time of each of these episodes(dentist, dermatologist). How should I proceed? Could this be shingles?

- Ian

Answer:

Stephen A Imbeau, MD - LocateADoc.com

you need what we call a "work up" start with your family doctor and then an internist if need be

--Stephen A Imbeau, MD
Florence, South Carolina



Sep
1999

Q&A: Who should I see if I get blisters on the roof of my mouth, sharp stomach pain, raw throat, heartburn and ear ache?

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Should I have a food Allergy test? Symptoms: Heartburn - Currently controlled by prescription drug Prilosec 1-2 times a years I have an episode with ALL these symptoms in this exact order. Day 1 - Blisters on roof of mouth Day 2 - Sharp pain in stomach. Lasts hours. Day 3 - Throat extremely raw from back of mouth all the way down to stomach. Day 4 - Raw throat and ear ache. Day 5 thru 10 - Raw throat and heartburn, indigestion. I cannot identify a specific food. But I suspect: Hot Coffee Chinese Mexican Salsa What type of doctor should I see about this? Thanks, Brian

Answer:

Stephen A Imbeau, MD - LocateADoc.com

doubt if allergy see family doc or gastroenterologist

--Stephen A Imbeau, MD
Florence, South Carolina



Sep
1999

Q&A: What should I do about a reoccurring redness / rash / blisters under my nose?

Question:

I have tiny blisters and redness directly under my nose and it hurts and itches sometimes. I stopped using facial products because I thought it could be that ,but it is not. I have had this type of rash for about two years and have used creams to make it go away. The minute I stop using the creams it comes back. Please help I need to find out what it is and how I stop it from coming back.

- Alissa

Answer:

Stephen A Imbeau, MD - LocateADoc.com

you need to see a dermatologist

--Stephen A Imbeau, MD
Florence, South Carolina



Jul
1999

Q&A: What should I do if I have developed a red eye with yellow discharge and it has spread to both eyes?

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Hi, I went to the doctors four days ago about what I thought was an bacterial eye infection - I had red, saw eyes with a yellowish discharge more noticeable when I woke up. I had concluded it was bacterial because it started in my left eye and spread to both the following day. The doctor gave me some anti-bacterial gentamicin sulfate eye drops to use and I had thought they were working after the first two days because the discharge in the morning had been significantly reduced, but the third following morning my eyes had become a lot more red and saw, even thought they were discharging only a little. As far as I can remember I have never suffered this symptom with previous eye infections. Today they are even more inflamed, especially in the corners, and my left eye has got several blisters on the white bit in the corner, which are really painful and saw. I don't know if this has got to do with my left eye's history, because several months ago I damaged the corner by getting and insect in my eye on my bike when I was going fairly fast. When I put the drops in, it has really started to sting and I am reluctant to use them because it has become so painful. Please can you answer this e-mail because I can't afford another visit to the doctors, the last visit cost me 62 dollars because I am on holiday, (in Guam). Thank you James

Answer:

Stephen A Imbeau, MD - LocateADoc.com

you need to go to an ER or see an opthalmologist ASAP!!!

--Stephen A Imbeau, MD
Florence, South Carolina