Blisters On Hands


Reason For Blisters On Hands

If you have ever had blisters on your hands, then you know how painful they can be. There are several reasons why they can appear and they are the body’s way of protecting the skin from any further damage. A blister resembles a bubble on the skin because it is filled with fluid. The fluid can be a clear or watery substance or it can also be pus or blood filled.  Blisters on the hands and feet are commonly a result of friction on the skin.

A friction blister happens when something is constantly rubbing on the skin. You can get a friction blister from wearing new shoes, using a certain tool for a long period of time and participating in an activity that causes friction to the hands. These types of blisters can be seen in athletes, factory workers and dancers. To prevent these types of blisters, you can protect yourself. For example, if you are going to be mowing the lawn, wear gloves to prevent blisters on your hands. If you have gotten a new pair of shoes, only wear them for a few hours a day until they are broken in.

Burn blisters occur when a person has a second degree burn. These types of burns damage the dermis, epidermis and even the blood vessels. The symptoms are bigger, painful blisters filled with a substance called serum. The blister provides protection for the skin under it and keeps it safe until it can fully heal. It is the body’s own natural type of band aid. The body will eventually re absorb the fluid and the healthy new skin will be exposed. A second degree burn can occur from cooking, lying in the sun for too long or by a hot iron. You can avoid burn blisters on your hands by wearing protective gloves.

A blood blister can happen just about anywhere on the body and it is caused by an injury. This usually occurs when there is a pinching of the skin and although the top layer of skin isn’t punctured, the blood vessels are damaged underneath the skin. The result is a bubble like blister that contains blood and other fluids, instead of clear, watery fluid. Blood blisters are not normally painful but the injury that caused it usually is. It is a good idea to apply ice to the blister area until the pain goes away. This can also help to reduce swelling.

Cellulitis is a skin condition that causes blisters. It usually happens when there is a bacterial infection present and the most common types of bacteria relating to cellulitis are staphylococcus and streptococcus. Cellulitis can also be caused by an insect bite. The symptoms of this condition are fatigue, fever and muscle aches. There are always bacteria that live on our skin but in this case, due to an injury or break in the skin the bacterium enters the body. Around the initial site, swelling and redness occurs. Over the next few hours the skin can become hot to the touch and pus filled blisters can also start to form. Antibiotics can fully cure this type of infection. But occasionally, a person suffering with this condition might have to be hospitalized and given an intravenous drip until the infection starts to go away.   

If you are suffering with blisters on the hands, you should never try to pop them. This can cause extreme pain and it isn’t healthy to expose the fragile injured skin to the air. Leave the blister alone and allow the body to re absorb the fluid. If you have to, cover the blister with a band aid to avoid popping it.