Blisters & Contact Dermatitis

Blisters & Contact Dermatitis:  It is a skin inflammation that results when the skin comes in contact with substances that can cause an allergic or inflammatory reaction. Clusters of blisters may result from severe burns, contact dermatitis, insect bites, viral infections, drug or chemical reactions, exposure to extreme cold, or autoimmune disorders.Have you been using some lotion or medicine to help relive them? If so you may be over treating it. Called 'over treatment dermatitis - it is a form of contact dermatitis that occurs when inflammation results from measures used to treat another skin disorder.

Most common type of contact dermatitis involves inflammation that results from contact with substances that may be irritants. These includes--acids, alkaline materials such as soap and detergents, solvents and other chemical.

The other type involves exposures to a material to which the person has become hypersensitive or allergic--the skin inflammation varies from mild irritation and redness, to rash to open sores depending on the type of allergen, what part of body parts got infected and the sensitivity of the individual.

Common allergens: Poison oaks, poison ivy, poison sumac and other plants. nickel or other materials, antibiotics-expecially topical(those applied to skin), rubber and latex, cosmetic products, topical anesthetic or other medications that are applied to the surface of the skin, detergents, solvents, adhesive perfumes, fragrance,  chemical and substance.

Some products like sunscreen, sulfa ointments, coal-tar products. A few airborne allergens such as ragweed or insecticides spray.

The diagnosis is primary based on the skin appearance and history of exposure to an irritant or allergen Skin lesion biopsy, or culture of the skin lesion.

Treatment:  Washing thoroughly, if it is detergent related, you may have to rewash all clothing. Avoid contact to allergens or irritants.  In some cases the best treatment is to do nothing to the area. Topical corticosteroid medication may reduce inflammation, use as directed and see talk to you Doctor.

If blister continues more than 2-3 days call your doctor.

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