This book describes Skin Blisters, Diagnosis and Treatment and Related Diseases
A skin blister, which is also called a vesicle by doctors, is a raised area of skin that is filled with fluid.
People are probably familiar with blisters if they have ever worn ill-fitting shoes for too long.
Skin blisters appear spontaneously when there is significant friction and repeated skin.
Bulbs arise from a reaction of cells to the shear friction that acts as a burn the top layer of skin off a blister to form in which oozes a clear liquid, a serous fluid.
The bulb is equivalent to a second degree burn (characterized by blisters).
This frequent cause of blistering produces vesicles when friction between the skin and the shoe results in layers of skin separating and filling with fluid.
Blisters are often annoying, painful, or uncomfortable.
But in most cases, they are not a symptom of anything serious and will heal without any medical intervention.
1. If the bubble (blister) is formed and still intact, it should be clear giving a little bit in a "side" with a needle or a small pair of scissors that will be cleansed with surgical alcohol beforehand.
If it does not cut the blister, it is left in place, after having pressed (flattened) and sponged clean with a disposable tissue.
If the blister is gone and the flesh is exposed, the doctor will go straight to the cleaning.
2. Wash the bulb with water and soap.
3. Rinse and dry thoroughly with a disposable tissue.
4. If there is a skin disinfectant which the person is not allergic, it can be applied at this time.
5. Ideally, the wound should be left in the open air, without rubbing, to heal.
6. But if it is not always possible, a dry protective dressing is placed on it.
7. Inspect the wound once daily.
8. If it stays clean and heals well, it is not necessary to disinfect every time.
9. Change the dressing after each treatment.
Complete healing occurs in 3-4 days.
There are many temporary causes of blisters.
Friction occurs when something rubs against the skin for a prolonged period of time.
This happens most often on hands and feet.
1. Contact dermatitis can also cause blisters.
This is a skin reaction to allergens, like poison ivy, latex, adhesives, or irritants like chemicals or pesticides.
It can cause red, inflamed skin and blistering.
2. Burns, if severe enough, can produce blistering.
This involves burns from heat, chemicals, and sunburns.
3. Allergic eczema is a skin condition that is caused or worsened by allergens and can produce blisters.
Another type of eczema, dyshidrotic eczema, also results in blistering but its cause is unknown, and it tends to come and go.
4. Frostbite is less common, but it can cause blisters on skin that is exposed to extreme cold for a prolonged period of time.
Blistering can also be a symptom of certain infections such as:
1. Impetigo, a bacterial infection of the skin that can occur in both children and adults, may cause blisters.
2. Chickenpox, an infection caused by a virus, produces itchy spots and often blisters on the skin.
This is the same virus that produces chickenpox also produces shingles or herpes zoster.
3. Herpes simplex and the resulting cold sores can lead to skin blistering.
4. Stomatitis is a sore inside the mouth caused by herpes simplex 1.
5. Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection that can also cause blisters around the genital region.
6. Erysipelas is an infection caused by the Streptococcus group of bacteria, which produces skin blisters
Most blisters need no treatment
Besides medicine for the infection, the doctor may give medical treatment for symptoms.
Some disorders such as pemphigus do not have a cure.
TABLE OF CONTENT
Chapter 1 Skin Blisters
Chapter 2 Chickenpox
Chapter 3 Herpes Simplex
Chapter 4 Erysipelas
Chapter 5 Pompholyx
Chapter 6 Pemphigus
Chapter 7 Impetigo
Chapter 8 Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
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About the Author
Medical doctor since 1972. Started Kee Clinic in 1974 at 15 Holland Dr #03-102, relocated to 36 Holland Dr #01-10 in 2009. Did my M.Sc (Health Management ) in 1991 and Ph.D (Healthcare Administration) in 1993. Dr Kenneth Kee is still working as a family doctor at the age of 65. However he has reduced his consultation hours to 3 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. He first started writing free blogs on medical conditions seen in the clinic in 2007 on http://kennethkee.blogspot.com. His purpose in writing these simple guides was for the health education of his patients which is also his dissertation for his Ph.D (Healthcare Administration). He then wrote an autobiolographical account of his journey as a medical student to family doctor on his other blog afamilydoctorstale.blogspot.com. This autobiolographical account “A Family Doctor’s Tale” was combined with his early “A Simple Guide to Medical Conditions” into a new Wordpress Blog “A Family Doctor’s Tale” on http://ken-med.com. From which many free articles from the blog was taken and put together into 550 amazon kindle books and some into Smashwords.com eBooks. He apologized for typos and spelling mistakes in his earlier books. He will endeavor to improve the writing in futures. Some people have complained that the simple guides are too simple. For their information they are made simple in order to educate the patients. The later books go into more details of medical conditions. The first chapter of all my ebooks is always taken from my blog A Simple Guide to Medical Conditions which was started in 2007 as a simple educational help to my patients on my first blog http://kennethkee.blogspot.com. The medical condition was described simply and direct to the point. Because the simple guide as taken from the blog was described as too simple, I have increased the other chapters to include more detailed description of the illness, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. As a result there are the complaints by some readers of constant repetitions of the same contents but in detail and fairly up to date. He has published 550 eBooks on various subjects on health, 1 autobiography of his medical journey, another on the autobiography of a Cancer survivor, 2 children stories and one how to study for his nephew and grand-daughter. The purpose of these simple guides is to educate patient on health conditions and not meant as textbooks. He does not do any night duty since 2000 ever since Dr Tan had his second stroke. His clinic is now relocated to the Bouna Vista Community Centre. The 2 units of his original clinic are being demolished to make way for a new Shopping Mall. He is now doing some blogging and internet surfing (bulletin boards since the 1980's) starting with the Apple computer and going to PC. All the PC is upgraded by himself from XT to the present Pentium duo core. The present Intel i7 CPU is out of reach at the moment because the CPU is still expensive. He is also into DIY changing his own toilet cistern and other electric appliance. His hunger for knowledge has not abated and he is a lifelong learner. The children have all grown up and there are 2 grandchildren who are even more technically advanced than the grandfather where mobile phones are concerned. This book is taken from some of the many articles in his blog (now with 740 posts) A Family Doctor’s Tale. Dr Kee is the author of: "A Family Doctor's Tale" "Life Lessons Learned From The Study And Practice Of Medicine" "Case Notes From A Family Doctor"