Blisters on Fingers and Toes
Blisters on fingers and toes are a common problem faced by many people. There are various causes of occurrence of blisters. One of the important reason is that when the serum begin collecting in between the 2 layers of the skin, the epidermis (outermost skin layer) and the dermis (the layer underneath). This fluid is generally clear, but can become yellowish in color when it gets infected.
Blisters can become filled with blood, when they are squeezed or pinched. Some people think that blisters can form due to walking, but there are various other reasons for their formation, which are discussed below in this article.
Various Causes of Blisters on Fingers and Toes
The following are some of the causes of blisters on fingers and toes.
- The first reason for blisters on fingers and toes is the continuous contact of fingers and toes with an object or rubbing for a long period of time. For example – working continuously with water, lifting weights in a gym for long period of time can give blisters on hands and fingers.
- When someone wear too tight shoes and walk a long distance daily, these can give blisters on toes. These are termed as water blisters, which when burst can be slightly painful. This condition can be severe for those suffering with diabetes.
- Sometimes, an insect bites to which a person is allergic can cause blisters.
- Contact with some detergents to which a person is allergic can lead to blisters on fingers.
- Burns can also lead to blisters formation. These blisters can be very painful as dermis also gets injured along with epidermis.
- Blisters on fingers can also be formed due to after effects of chicken pox, eczema and herpes. These kind of blisters should be treated after consulting with a dermatologist.
- Sometimes, when you wash your hands and feet and do not dry them thoroughly, can also lead to blisters. These kind of blisters are not painful and can heal themselves.
Treatment for Blisters on Fingers and Toes
Blisters can be left alone to treat themselves. The skin present on the blister is the best protection for treating them. Even the blood blister tends to heal on its own. In some cases, the blisters turn infectious and you would know it when the liquid underneath the blister is yellowish-green in color. The skin around the blister becomes warm and reddened. Therefore, in some cases, it becomes necessary to drain the blisters. The treatment methods include:
- Since hands and fingers are involved in most of the works, you can cover the blisters with a bandage. To avoid breakage and infection of blister, you need to tie the bandage very loosely. For blisters on feet and toes, avoid wearing tightly fitting shoes until the blisters heal completely.
- Blisters are very infectious, therefore before treating them see to it that your hands are washed thoroughly with soap. Sterilize a needle by washing it with soap and water. Run the needle through a flame and with the heated needle, puncture the blister at its edge and slowly drain away the fluid. Wash the area and allow it to dry.
- In case the blisters tears by its own, do not try to remove the skin. Leave it as such as it provides protection to the underneath skin.
- Applying antibiotic ointment helps to heal the blister faster. It even reduces the chances of any further infection.
- If the blisters are formed from burns, you need to first soak them in cool water and then apply antibiotic cream or any cooling gel like aloe vera. If the blister forms from severe burn, then soak them in cool water for about 15 minutes everyday. Cover it with a gauze in order to protect it.
- Blisters that are caused by any disease or seriously infected blisters need a dermatologist’s help. Do not treat them by your own as the infection may get worsened.
- If you are suffering from diabetes, do not try to treat the blisters on your own as the risk of infection in diabetics is higher.
Everyone might have faced the problem of
blisters on fingers and toes
at some point in the life. But, if treated and prevented effectively, these problems can be eliminated completely.