I have been getting the same blister on my hands for the past few years and have been told the same things. I used to find i only got them when playing on my xbox as my hands which are usually very dry would sweat. The skin being quite rough wasn't allowing my hands to sweat properly causing the blisters under the skin thus causing the itching. I was prescribed 'Mometasone Furoate' ointment which is a greasey opaque type. The itching stops whithin a short while and the blister dry out painlessly. Its the best stuff i've found and have even let my Mum and friend use it who started suffering the same, both were amazed how quick it worked.
Differentials for what you have are irritant or xerotic dermatitis and also contact dermatitis.
Irritant dermatitis may be due to persistent contact with a material that causes the skin to be extermely dry and thus causing irritation. The itchiness causes one to scratch it which initiates more breaks and irritation in the skin.Even uninvolved skin may later be affected.This is the similar to contact dermatitis wherein a causative material due to prolonged contact with the skin may lead to a hypersensitivity reaction.
Corticosteroids should be used only in small amount and in a definite period of time.Prolonged use may cause thinning of the skin.This may also be absorbed in the body and may lead to unwanted side effects.
I have had these small itchy clear blisters and blood blisters appear on my fingers, toes and palms for as long as I can remember. I am now 32, so the "age ranges" in some of the previous posts do not apply to me. It was worst from about age 10 to 25 and has eased a little now. I haven't had them on my feet for years, but I currently have at least 7 on my right palm. Anyway, they appear during the change of season, but last about 2-4 months, so they come up as it starts to get colder OR hotter and I have them for up to 8 months a year. I will also have short bouts when there is unseasonal weather for a few days or when I am stressed. EXTREMELY itchy and irritating. Filled with clear fluid and occasionaly a little blood.
NOW, I have found a way to relieve them even when they are at their worst without having to run to the chemist. Don't know if this will work for everyone, but it works for me. It's was suggested as a remedy for chilblains. I have 2 bowls of water, 1 icy cold, and 1 as hot as I can hanlde. I submerge my hands (or feet) in the hot water for 3 minutes, then straight into the cold for 30 seconds. I repeat this about 3 times. Believe me, it DOES sting when you swap between the temperatures and your hands feel swollen at the end. But after you dry them off and whack some moisturiser on, they start feeling awesome! I do this once a day until my hands have cleared (usually a few days). If it is really bad, I will do it twice a day or "when needed" (ie/ when it's too itchy to handle). The other adventage has been that I have avoided the dry and cracked skin that comes after the blisters.
Keep hands and affected areas dry. Anti-persperants help if spayed on affected areas. DO NOT apply poroxide or alchol it will only make matters worse!! Soak areas in luke warm salt water once a day and let air dry quickly. If you have it on arms or legs take salt water baths and air dry quickly. Try not to handle cleaning supplies and acidic fruit such as lemon/limes/oranges ect.. ok to eat just try not to handle. Hyrocortizone creams work well but if your break out is severe have a doctor give you a shot of steriods it works wonders!! Stress, lack of good sleep and drinking also aggrivate symptoms. I've struggled with this for 16 years. Its not contagious but if you have it on your hands try not to rub your eyes too much. I believe it causes eye styes. The blisters contain bacteria and that's what causes styes! Hope you find this helps!
I had this condition about 20 years ago. My fingers were itchy and full of blisters. A friend had it too so I think it is contagious. It never spread to my palms or any other part of the body. Nothing helped till I drove about 50 miles to a feed store and picked up a tin of Bag Balm. It looks like petroleum jelly and is used to clean cow's udders. My fingers cleared up almost immediately. Now you can find this stuff anywhere. Interesting thing, I did have a stye about a week ago, then yesterday my fingers were driving my crazy with the itching. Today I saw a tiny blister and thought this is starting again. I am going to try the bag balm again and see if it works.
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