If Your Have Tiny Blisters On Your Fingers
If you discover tiny blisters on your fingers the chances are they are caused by a type of dermatitis which goes by several names, pompholyx, dyshidrosis, or dyshidrotic eczema. While there are several things which are believed to contribute to the condition, the exact cause of those tiny blisters on your fingers is not known. This is often the case with dermatitis. Usually when the cause is not known, neither is a cure, however this condition usually responds to topical or oral medications.
If the blisters are indeed pompholyx, they will most often be red and scaly, and sometimes ooze fluid. An attack may last several weeks, then go away on its own. Topical corticosteroids are usually helpful and oral antibiotics can also occasionally bring relief.
While some forms of dermatitis are nothing more than a brief reaction to a substance, those tiny blisters on your fingers tend to be a chronic condition. That doesn't mean they will hang around forever. They may appear once, go away, and never return, or they may return on occasion. When they do appear however, it is as previously mentioned, usually for a period of several weeks.
Just why the fingers are affected isn't exactly known. Different types of dermatitis often affect different parts of the body. One theory is that the hands and fingers are more susceptible to some types of dermatitis simply because they come into contact with so many different substances, some of which may be allergens or simply trigger a condition that already exists.
Young People And Women Most Often Affected - While the blisters in themselves represent no particular danger, if they open or ooze there is always a possibility of infection, so they should never go untreated. These blisters occur most often among children and young adults and in general are not a problem with older adults, although no one seems to know the reason why. The condition is also more common among women than men.
The blisters may itch, in which case excessive scratching can lead to opening of the blisters and infection. Scratching will also at times cause the skin to thicken, making the condition more difficult to treat and take longer to heal. If the condition is not too severe, self treatment is always a possibility. Taking oral antihistamines will be helpful in combating itching, and applying moisturizers can also be a big help. Steroid creams or ointments of sufficient strength to treat the condition may not always be available among over the counter products but what is available may be worth a try.
When To See The Doctor - If the condition becomes so severe that the use of the hands is limited, or if there is redness, tenderness, or a fever indicating the possibility of infection, a medical professional should be contacted. For that matter, a medical professional should be consulted for any rash that does not respond to home treatments.
A doctor can usually determine what condition is causing the tiny blisters between your fingers upon visual examination, but may also take a skin scraping, and send to the laboratory to rule out causes such as a fungal infection. It may also be the case that the blisters are not caused by pompholyx, but may be due to an allergic reaction, in which case either a cure or preventive measures may be possible.
Any irritation of the skin, especially if blisters or open sores occur, is most likely due to be a form of dermatitis (eczema), and professional help is always a good idea if the situation is severe or appears to be chronic. Even in those cases where both the cause and a cure are unknown, proper treatment can usually relieve the symptoms, and often lessen the chances of a recurrence.