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  • Impetigo (Photo courtesy of CDC)

    Impetigo

    A highly contagious bacterial infection of the skin caused by staphylococcal or streptococcal bacteria. Read more →

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    Sunburn

    Sunburn is caused by ultraviolet (UV) light overheating and blistering your skin. Read more →

  • Shingles

    Shingles

    Shingles is a skin rash that is caused by the chickenpox virus, and is part of the herpes family of viruses. Read more →

  • Flesh Eating Bug

    Necrotising fasciitis, a nasty flesh eating bug, is a serious condition that requires immediate and urgent medical attention. Read more →

  • chilblains

    Chilblains

    Chilblains (otherwise knows as pernio) are caused by inflammation of the blood vessels in the skin, and can become painful and itchy. Read more →

    I have water like filled blisters on my feet,I have had these all my life doctors do not know what they are,at times they itch alot & sometimes group to form bigger blisters,I have been told it is athletes foot but nothing works,when one of the larger blisters bursts it is uncomfortuble working.Is there anything I can do





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    Hi! I had this problem, I had painful clusters of fluid filled blisters which I would pop to get rid of them. Also, the skin between my fingers would easily split n ooze stuff...I had it for years and nothing worked. My mom suggested I soak my feet in vinegar. I was like, aw heck let's do it. Yes it stings but it was definitely worth it. It took 5 days of soaking for at least half an hour with vinegar you buy at the store...I've been 3 years blister free! Try it!

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    I have itchy hands and when i scratch it blisters appear, not those little ones that itch under the skin, but proper water filled blisters, on 2 occations i have just woken up and then the itching starts, so i scratch, and then after a few minutes the blisters start to pop up, they have also grown until they join together, down my fingers and on one occation on my wrist, what is it, and will go away?





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    i have blisters around my groin area its really sore, they are water filled blisters and they are getting bigger because there rubbing against my clothes does anyone know what this is ?





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    Get a bandaid with the flexible fabric and put in on your wounds. This will stop the stinging sensation. Remember to change you bandaid every two days.

    I am a 23 year old female and i have had recurring blisters on the top of my right foot only. They start up small then getting bigger as the liquid builds up. At that point the pressure is too much and it bursts. After it drains and the skin is peeled, you can see a tiny hole that seems to lead into the flesh. The blisters are very painful, but they do not stop me from walking around and they do get infected. I normally have these blisters 2-3 times a year a for a period of about one and a half weeks. I have been to the doctors and hospital many times but they are not able to give me a reason for them.





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    Sounds like a spider bite. Usually these occur on the foot. Maybe a White tail spider. But this also depends where you live. You need to ask yourself when did it first appear? What were you doing at the time? Have you also requested a biopsy of some of the infected flesh when it has been in the blister stage?

    Hi, I don't have an answer for you but can tell you I've had the same problem - definitely not a spider bite :-) They keep popping up and disappearing for years now. Sometimes the blisters are under the skin and create a sort of red bump which can get painful and itchy. I've got them all over my hands and right big toe at the moment. I got into a habit of biting the lumps and blisters on my hands until they pop - little red hole appears and I noticed the liquid is almost sticky. The popped blisters get infected and take quite a while before it dries out and heals up. sometimes the lump under the skin appears in the same place before the original scar even manages to heal! I thought it was an Athlete Foot and used - with certain success - Athlete Foot cream but why is it on my hands?! So you are not alone :-) Keep searching for answers and let us know if you get a diagnosis or a successful treatment... Good luck!

    My husband (51yrs old) has suffered with very large, deep blisters on the palms of his hands and the soles of his feet for at least the last 12 years. This happens periodicaly, with no rhyme or reason that we can see. It usually lasts 3-4weeks but leaves no scars. When it is at it's worst, you can see new blisters forming within the blisters, especially on his feet and it is very painful. He cannot walk, drive etc.He has seen a dermatologist and had tests but they came back not conclusive. Our local GP has just given him permanganate to soak in, to stop any infection. He can make him really quite ill. I have taken photo's which I can forward to you. Please help, we are desperate!





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    my mother in law is diabetic and as swollon feet and legs and as a very nasty mass of blisters on her legs it looks like a very sore red patch with all small blisters on it do you have an answer for her please





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    i have little bumps on both of my index fingers. they are small and red and don't burst or leak any pus. there is also a couple under skin blisters which are a bit sore when pressed. i dont have any blisters or bumps on any other fingers...i have know idea what this is?





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    Hi im 18 years old and sexual active...im not sure if i have thrush or some kind of sti but i have researched and i cant seem to find what it is...my vagina is sometimes very sore i am a horse rider and when i ride my horse it can become very painful. Iv had a feel to see if i can feel anything and i have a few lump kind of like blisters but here not blisters? They are between my vagina entrance and anus. Please can you give me an idea on what i can do im scared incase i have an sti thanks





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    I have exactly the same thing and can not find out what it is, been trying to research on the Internet, I'm not a horse rider though, I am scared it may be an STI. I don't know whether to go to the doctors ? :/

    I have the same im 20 and hav hav this for quite a while and have no medical card and cudn t afford a doc. I have never been tested for an std and have had a couple of sexual patners :-( help sme1 plz tell me what this could me

    please can you help me, 15 weeks ago I gave birth to daughter #3, and 3 days after she was born my hands and fingers started to itch like crazy and tiny little blisters appeared, these blisters burst and the fingers have very deep splits and are bleeding, the skin is rough and sore and now the pads on my fingers have become rough and is now splitting, and becoming like deep cuts. they almost heal up when they start itching again, I have tried everything even going to the doctors and having creams and steroid creams/ ointments even tape, I can't wash my hands in anything including plain water as it burns. it is now starting to spread up my arms and I have patches on my legs. I have suffered with eczema on my face for the last 24 years, could this be part of it. Having my 3rd child was a bit of a shock. the birth was only 6 mins and she came 9 days early. I hope you can help me as I am really depressed, I can't even open a bottle lid without my pads on my fingers splitting open. I can't use soaps or any creams, remedies as they all burn and make my skin even more sore dried and cracked, and cause the tiny blisters to come back ten times worse.





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    Hi im 32 an Have What look like blood blisters on my viriginia. What Could this be





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    I have three large blisters surrounded by a red area on the outside of the top of my right buttock. I often get blisters sores on my chin with pain under my chin, that ooze fluid and crust. I have had blisters between my buttocks before on the right buttock, but lower down. These blisters that have appeared now are the biggest, and are tender but not sore as such. I have had them three days now. I would appreciate if you think they are impetigo or herpes. Any ideas please.





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    Hi, I am a 34 year old faithful married man. In the last 3/4 months after sex I have had a problem under my foreskin. I don't experience any pain or itching but I appears the the skin has weakened because I have large blisters all around the shaft the blisters either have blood in them or clear fluid. When the blisters burst it then takes a couple of weeks to heal and can be a smelly process. When I showed my doctor he gave me Caneston and said the blisters were just trauma but it happens every time after sex.





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    YOU HAVE BALANITIS! Balanitis presents itself in many forms but most commonly starts out as you are experiencing it right now. What you are describing in this post are the outward symptoms of a skin disorder which is called Balanitis. This skin dis-order effects the foreskin and penile head. I have come to believe that the actual cause (dis-ease) behind these outward symptoms is an internal infection of the seminal gland which causes a change in the PH balance of your seminal discharge. A healthy natural PH level is more an alkaline state which changes to a very acidic state. This acidic PH level of your seminal fluid is literally burning your inner foreskin and your head. So far I found no documented medical testing underway or done in this area to back up this theory as of yet. What I have found working this theory, I have cured myself and many others following what I have done are no longer suffering from Balanitis. Proof enough for me! You will find over time, left unchecked or taking/trying the different prescription/creams doctors (unknowingly) will hand out, will only cause more discomfort and pain over the long term. That these symptoms can and will be worse first thing in the morning (from nightly seminal discharge) and or after any sort of ejaculation. If untreated properly! It can go as far you not being able to pull your foreskin back at all without causing great PAIN and things can even get worse then that. This can be treated correctly and cured naturally. I suffered for 8 long years with the same things you are going through right now and much worse. I read stories like yours almost weekly and there is really no need for this suffering. I put this all together and launched a web site three years ago to share my store and help guys like you out. Check it out and you decide if it is for you. http://balanitisgone.com

    i had a virus last summer and came up in blisters around my viginal area and mouth and face blisters i was checked for herpies and so was my boyfriend and we both came back clear,i am still suffering with mouth blisters and seem to get face blisters too, no gential spots have reccured since the 1st outbreak a year ago.i have had an endoscopy abd a bhareum meal scan and all came back clear so we no its nothing going on inside in that way,i am convinced i have herpies nobody seems to be able to help me.i get in so much pain with the mouth blisters that i dont eat and have lost weight due to this fact.thay last about 10days to 2 weeks in the mouth but my face last mounths and can scar.please can you help this is makeing me so ill?





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    i get coldsores on my lip n mouth 2 i dont no what they are but me and my partner have both been checked 4 herpies n came back negative but i never get anything around my vagina if anyone can help

    I an 29 and have been having problems for sometime now from a tiny cluster of blisters which keep reappearing on my pubic area. They are away from my vagina slightly up over and to the right. They come back every couple of months and always in the exact same location. There are about five or six separate tiny blisters in the cluster and they do weep. Before the blisters arrive for a day or two the skin feels very sore. It is painful when i wear clothes and painful when i have taken them off. When the blisters arrive they are still painful but also itchy. I am in a serious relationship and have been for several years. They are putting me off having sex with my partner, hurt constantly when they are here and making my life hell, please help.





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    i saw the episode on differnt skin conditions, i've had these weird markings o my left hand which start out as a risen read bumb on my hand then it turns into small blisters after the blisters appear they burst within 5/10 minutes,which leaves an open raw wound then it scabs over then blisters again,and it works it its way up my arm i've had these marking on my hand for 11 months now and the dermoltoligisthas no clue what it is at first they brought the name limes diease,but now tey are saying they don't know what it could be.





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    I had a case of Shingles Nov and Dec last year. All the blisters have cleared up but I am still experiencing pain where the blisters were. It is a stinging sensation. Do I need more antiviral, how long will the pains last? Thank you





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    Firstly we all react differently to shingles, however I have had recurring shingles for the last 16 years.i usually suffer from a rash every year or more but at times of stress it can occur once or twice a month.Just remember it is the pus within the spots that is contagious and protect the people around you.good luck, grin and bear it!

    about 2 and a half years ago i went to my local GUM clinic when i noticed a smelly discharge and sore blisters on my gentials they ran all tests and said it was goneherra so i took the antibotics and they disappeared i was also pregnant at the time.but as the pregnancy progressed the blisters only the blisters came back this time they were itchy sore and i just wanted to itch them with a scourser pad! they were still there a month later then they just went away after i gave birth. they come and go all the time and sometimes i get a horrible smell with them as well.the same happened with my second pregnancy too btw.please could you tell me what i should do.





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    I am 28, and for years, every now and then I get, the only way I can describe them are blisters on my feet, toes, heels and ankles. They are filled with a liquid, then when the go they leave the skin dry and peeling, quite considerably. They are not blisters through walking or rubbing, They are painless, I just wondered what they were. Many Thanks





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    If the blisters are painful it could be HSV2 which is genital herpes. If the blisters are not painful it can possibly be syphilis. Especially since you are having abnormal discharge, you should really see your gynecologist. Good luck.

    i have giant spots on my vaginal area which i can only describe as under the skin spots theyre not blisters or cuts just like lumps but they appear every now and again and just go away without popping. it sounds like herpes but they arent blisters. help anyone?





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    Someone please answer this i have exactly the same thing and need answers!!

    I have exactly the same problem, wish someone would reply

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    Ive had psoriasis on one elbow and now am getting it on my other elbow and am ok with that cause its really not that bad but like two weeks ago ive been real itchy in my private part at fist i was like omg i have herpes but its not cause i dont have blisters at all i check myself every day for blisters and nothing thank god but am going crazy with the itching does anyone else have this problem





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    hi, i suffer from shingles , on my right bum cheek , about three days before the blisters i get the throbbing pain from the top to bottom of my leg ,at this point i bathe the area with tea tree essential oil, apply vitamin c cream ,which if caught soon enough stops the blisters filling , bursting and scabbing over.





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    Hi, i'm a 18 year old male and I have two small blisters on the side of my penis, one on the edge of the head and the other just below. I'm actually unsure if they are blisters or not but it looks like it filled with liquid. They are painless but one them feels sorta hard. I was wondering if someone can give me some insight into this because I'm quite worried about it. Also I haven't had sex so it rules out a STD.





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    My brother uas acctually had this problem once. This i know can be caused by masterbation. Just take a hot pin and pop them, cleaning out all of the fluids and they should heal up. I would go and see your gp/ practice nurse about it first. But poping them worked for my brother

    I would definitely not pop a pin in it, that might cause it to become infected. See your doctor to be on the safe side.

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    My both palms on my hands r reli itchy and also the both palms of my feet also I get little tiny water blisters when I touch greesy things the blisters come up or if I'm hot I've had this for about 6 years and tried all kinds of cream and nothing seems to work could u please advise me anything please





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    These were the symptoms i had previously and now i have severe ecxema so i suggest you treat it as soon as possible. Go to the doctors and explain and ask for an ointment, i use epederm which i put on my hands and sometimes feet on a night and wear cotton gloves and socks to keep it on. also keep them mosturised throughout the day and do not pop the blisters as it makes them worse (i know its not very nice having to leave them as they are uncomfortable). Also if it gets worse, start to take photos to show how it has changed to prove it needs seeing to and that it is not getting better. hope this helps as im still trying to find cures for myself too. Read the comments above about apple cider vinegar also as this could help!

    I have had impetigo for over 10 years now. It always comes back when I'm under a lot of stress. This makes me very self conscious and hard to be around people, I get in on my face. Tea Tree oil does work. But I found something that works better. Oregeno Oil. you can buy it at any health food store. A small bottle is around 20 bucks. It's caustic. It burns when you put it on. I saturated the blisters and applies a band aid with the oil on it so it could sit for 20 minutes or so, saturating in the oil. Then I took off the band aid so it could dry out. This prevented the blisters from crusting over. The blisters skipped the embarassing stage of yellow oozing. Yes, they were red, but they didn't get crusty. Every 4 or 5 hours I applied more oil. I am so happy that this works. The infection starts healing so much more quickly. It looks more like acne or something.





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    I am 55, and diagnosed with shingles on January 16, 2015. It started on January 7, with pain shooting down my right arm into my ring and pinky finger. I went to doc on January 8th because my pain was unbearable and couldn't sleep. I wasn't diagnosed, but doc suspected arthritis. On January 14th, I went back to doc with swelling, severe pain in right hand and arm with blisters on palm of right hand, and wrist. Again I wasn't diagnosed, but doc this time suspected rheumatoid arthritis. My pain, swelling and blisters were progressing. I went to another doc on January 16th and was diagnosed with shingles and was put on anti-viral med. As of today January 20th I'm still having new blisters popping up on hand. How much longer will these blisters continue to pop up?

    Hi Laura--I have been getting shingles on my left hand every 7 or 8 years since my twenties; (I am 61) they start with a few days of pain in my neck then down my arm in a thin line. Often it comes on after a prolonged period of stress. Then one day it stings in a patch on my palm or thumb with little blisters appearing within minutes. I then immediately put a layer of RHUS.TOX. HOMOEOPATHIC OINTMENT or CREAM ON THE BLISTERS AND COVER THEM WITH ELASTOPLAST (AS IT IS VERY INFECTIOUS FOR ANYONE YOU MEET WHO HAS NOT ALREADY HAD CHICKENPOX.) THEN I TAKE RHUS.TOX.30X TABLETS (FROM BOOTS OR ANY CHEMIST.) This is the Homoeopathic remedy for both shingles and chickenpox blisters, and speeds up the healing time and helps the blisters not to scar. Just like when using their Arnica on bruises and Burns cream on burns you have to use these Homoeopathic creams immediately for the full effect so I keep it with elastoplast in my handbag!! Hope this helps ease it when it happens.

    for the past 3 yrs i have been getting really bad blisters on my hands and feet,when the blisters have finaly burst it gets so sore and irritable,same withe my feet.the back of my legs get so red and itchy,i have been to doctor on numerous occations and have been given cream and tablets to try and sort it but nothing seems to cure it.





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    It could be herpes, although herpes blisters hurts and itches but I'm pretty sure other STI's have blisters as a symptom also

    Hi I am a 30 year old man and about 5-7 years ago I started to get what I can describe as little blisters on the sole of my left foot and my hands. I have to pop them before they get to big to relive the pressure and the pain, I went to the G P and saw a nurse and she prescribed steroid cream which I can’t use on burst or popped blisters because of broken skin. Is there some sort of wet eczema? Could you give me some advice thanks Ian





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