The Various Causes of Blisters
As we all know blisters are fluid filled boils that appear as bubbles on the skin.
There are various ways in which one might contract a blister. You could get one by wearing a new shoe that rubs against your skin or on when you are gardening without wearing a glove.
Usually home treatment is enough to treat a blister.
There are also other ways that one can get blisters these include:
- Burns caused by exposure to heat, electricity, chemicals, sun.
- Injuries due to being exposed to very cold or freezing temperatures.
- Bites by some spiders. If you are bit by brown recluse spider bite you will notice reddened skin followed by a blister that forms at the bite site, pain and itching. In addition to this there will also appear a sore with a breakdown of tissue. This sore will develop within a few hours to about three to four days of the bite. This sore can take up to months to heal.
- Blood blisters are formed by pinching the skin with force. E.g. finger being caught in a drawer. Blood blisters form when tiny blood vessels are damaged.
Blisters can also be formed due to an infection. Infections give rise to single blisters or even a cluster of blisters.
- Chickenpox has been experienced by a lot of people. This is one infection that can cause blisters. It is caused by a type of herpes virus. Chickenpox boils start off as red bumps, turn into blisters and finally scab over. Chickenpox is very contagious especially two to three days before development of a rash till all blisters have crusted over.
- Shingles also cause boils. This infection is commonly found in older adults and is caused by the chickenpox virus. These boils are identical to chickenpox but are found in a band on one side of the body.
- Another blister causing infection is cold sores also called fever blisters. These are visible as a small cluster of boils on the lip and outer edge of the mouth. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus.
It is also possible that inflammations cause skin blisters. E.g. contact dermatitis is a result of skin touches something which in turn causes an allergic reaction and then blisters. Contact with some plants, such as poison ivy, oak, and sumac, can occur indirectly too.
Blisters could also develop due to a disease, which gets your own body to attack its skin.
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