The Differences Between A Blister And Blistering Skin

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Blisters are not fun. If you have one, you know that it not only hurts, but it also can look bad as well. When it comes to blisters, you may have a common blister or blistering skin. These two conditions are very different for many reasons.

A Blister

A single blister is a pocket of skin that expands to fill with fluid. These are usually caused by constant rubbing against that area of your skin. They can also form if you get too close to heat or extreme cold. Blisters can also appear if you have an allergic reaction to something. If you leave a blister alone it will usually heal in 1 or 2 weeks. If your blister gets infected during that time, it’s important to see a doctor if you notice it’s leaking pus, swelling or red.

Blistering Skin

Blistering skin is a condition that typically manifests itself on a significant portion of your skin, but the specific symptoms and severity of blistering diseases vary greatly from one person to the next. Blistering skin is a group of disorders in which the body mistakenly attacks your healthy tissue. This attack causes blistering lesions that will affect your skin, mucous and membranes. If you have an autoimmune blistering disease, your antibodies mistakenly attack your proteins that are vital for your layers of skin to adhere together.

At Medical Dermatology Specialists, we understand the disruption blistering skin disease can be to your quality of life and self-confidence. Call us today so we can accurately diagnose your specific blistering skin symptoms and provide you with a specialized treatment plan that will work best for you.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jamie Weisman, Medical Dermatology Specialists, Inc.