The small blisters you describe, filled with clear fluid are a form of dermatitis called pompholyx, also known as vesicular eczema (a vesicle is small fluid filled sac). Pompholyx is the preferred term, it means bubble in Latin and the blisters very often look like little bubbles.
This particular type of eczema only seems to occur on the hands and feet.
The condition comes and goes over time, nobody really knows what causes it. Moisture, detergents and chemicals can all aggravate it. I have seen many cases where the popmpholyx develops or worsens after stress.
In some people there appears to be an allergic tendency, and in some cases nickel sensitivity can be the cause, so avoid cheap nickel coated rings, watches and jewelry.
Mild cases usually resolve themselves, though sometimes nightly cortisone based creams can help relieve the itching that often, but not always, accompanies pompholyx. If it worsens or gets too itchy see your family physician.
Severe cases are fairly rare, and often require stronger steroid creams, and occasionally oral steroids (prednisolone or similar).
Breaking the blisters can be difficult as they are quite small and the skin over them is quite thick. It is not a good thing to do as the broken blisters can become infected and painful.
Basic management involves avoiding exposure to skin irritants (wear good gloves when doing the dishes) and keeping the hands moisturized. Cool compresses can help when the blisters are itchy.
If your case is mild, it will settle without treatment over a few days or weeks (and may not come back for months or years). It's a good idea to see your family doctor if you're worried.
to get a good answer we need to know a little more,..when the blister showed up, what were you doing in the hours before and,,,,any new soap, have you been in the garden,..were your hands in really hot water, or in any chemicals, are you allergic to fruit,...
There are several types of blisters that affect our hands as well as figures, the most common one is known as Pompholyx. The causes of the blisters differ, some are as a result of holding something hard when working, touching soapy water for a long time as well as abnormal sweating of the hands. For more information you can visit http://dermnetnz.org/dermatitis/pompholyx.html. It is good to see a doctor to offer you a solution.
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I have the tiny water blisters, so far, only on my hands. I was reading a blog similar to this and started doing some research. Then one night I heard a commercial that I had heard thousands of times but had never listened to. It was an ad for Cymbalta, which I take. One of the side affects listed was blisters. Researching more, many antidepressants have the same warning. If you go to the National Library of Medicine, look up Erythema Multiforme, you will see that one of the primary causes is medication. Down further it perfectly describes the blisters we all seem to be talking about. Most doctors are not aware of this. My doctor isn't, but will be. I am going to talk her about this and see if I can change antidepressants to one with less of a chance of causing this. I have had this on and off for about 5 years, at least. Bottom line, if you are taking antidepressants, check the side affects, carefully.
I had that! Take antihistamine! Sleep w/gloves. Thickly coat the area with antibiotic lotion -- like neosporin, eczema lotion (Dermarest was the brand that worked best for me-- it is a miracle!!!), Vaseline, anti-bac lotion and a thick cream like Nivea. Add some Vaseline to keep it all in there. Wear the gloves while you sleep. The Dermarest brand eczema cream did a really GOOD job. Years later, I can see the bumps ready to rise. It's most stress, it can be abuse, PTSD, swelling, hives, etc. It's really dangerous. Take care of it!
I have suffered from blisters on my hand and feet for years. I can across cucumbers to help so I tried it and omg they were gone in 1 day. Take a cucumber put it the frig to get cold slice a piece and rub it on the blisters I do it till the cucumber gets warm. Do not pop blisters it causes infection and I think it Makes them spread. The skin will get thick don't pull that off let the skin heal. Use Vaseline so the thick skin don't crack. It is the best thing that has ever happened for me. Hope this help someone.
I had small blister type spots, that would itch and then turn into patches of dry skin all over the palms of my hands and some on the sides on my fingers. The doctor wasnt sure but i tried steroid cream which did nothing. Really I knew my lifestyle choices were hideous, I would binge drink 2-3 times a week, I smoked (all be it not that many) and my diet was terrible and Ive been doing that for at least 10 years (im 31). So due to other symptoms which i thought may be diabetes (i am eternally grateful it wasn't) I decided to get my act together and stop doing all of the above. 3 weeks later all the spots have gone and ive just got a little bit of dried skin left to go. So in my case it was lifestyle choice that caused it but I believe eczema can be caused by bad lifestyle choices in some people. Im just glad ive done something about it now. Good luck.
It's definitely internal. I read to try Calamine lotion and low and behold it worked. I've tried so many things but the calamine did the trick. I'm going to also try the cucumbers. I use to have soft hands and now they look a mess. Good luck folks.
It sounds like the same problem I had for a few years. It went away this last summer and it reappeared this fall. I did go and see a doctor about it but he didn't have any idea what it was. He did refer me to a dermatologist and he did some blood test. I haven't .got the results back yet. But I think I might have figured what was causing the blisters. I was doing some work outside this fall and it was cool outside so I decided to put on some latex gloves on to keep my hand a warmer under my work gloves. Well it wasn't very long after that I started to get the blisters back on my fingers and the back of my hands. They have since cleared up and haven't had any since then. I'm thinking the latex gloves were the problem, because I had used them before when I was doing some painting in the past. I hope this helps
I took advice of rubbing fresh cold cucumber a few times a day onto my hands, and it was healed in a few days... Your skin will get a bit dry but worth it to rid the blister things... After 4-6 days completely normal hands again ... Love how much my remedy cost too.. $1.00
i had small itching patches and blisters for years on my hands it was driving me crazy.. i went to many doctors.. They said it was eczema. i had chronic heart burn for years due to limes disease. I would take one heart burn pill daily .. some times 2.. over the years i got these time itching blisters that would itch like hell wouldnt have it.. then it would stop crust over. I did stop taking heart burn pills and the blisters and itching went away.. and has been gone for almost a year now.. that is what caused it .. it should be a side effect put on the boxes of heart burn meds .
Mine turned out to be an allergy to Printer ink or more specifically toner. I only get the rash on my right hand (im right handed) and the rash appeared every time i filled out forms that had ben photocopied. I also found that the rash would appear after reading certain newspapers.
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SuszyQ is on the right track, especially saying it was on allergy to Printer ink. The allergy is a contact allergy to ethyl acrylate. This chemical is an adhesive used in ink, krazy glue, latex paints, engine coolants and lots of other soft plastics. Its used widely by dentists as well. It took 2 years and a hole to of trips to Dermatologist but after getting the North American Standard Series patch test I found my answer. I wear gloves now when I drive (Since steering wheels have it in them as well) and my fingers & hands have finally cleared up and I can use them again. I have my life back and am very happy. See this article for more info http://dermnetnz.org/dermatitis/acrylate-allergy.html