How To Deal With Finger Blisters
There's no single way to treat finger blisters, since there are several different kinds of blisters to begin with, and not all blisters necessarily require treatment. Some blisters can be prevented, by wearing gloves for example, or staying out of the sun. Other blisters, which may be caused by accident or disease are not always preventable.
Finger blisters can often arise from certain hobbies or activities, such as playing golf, or playing the guitar, especially if your hands and fingers haven't become conditioned to holding a golf club or plucking strings. Prevention would be wearing a glove in the case of golf, or using a pick or finger protectors when playing the guitar. Often though, in activities such as these, as we practice them our skin becomes conditioned and blistering becomes less and less likely.
Burns can cause finger blisters, as can exposure to certain chemicals. A skin disease or dermatitis often manifests itself through the presence of tiny blisters, which sometimes occur between the fingers in places where we do not normally expect to get blisters. Let's take a look at several of the more common types of blisters, their causes, and how best to deal with them.
Friction Blisters - A blister is a small pocket of fluid which develops just under the top layer of the skin. The fluid may be water, blood, or plasma, though in case of infection, the blister may also contain pus. Most blisters result from repeated rubbing on the skin, and the friction caused by that rubbing. Moisture contributes to the formation of blisters. You can shovel dirt or swing a pick for some time, without gloves, and perhaps no blisters will form. If your hands become moist from perspiration however, blisters are much more likely to form. Of course if you swing that pick long enough they may form anyway. Squeezing the handles of a pruning tool is another good way to develop a case of finger blisters, especially if it's early in the gardening season and your hands haven't yet toughened up.
Finger blisters caused by friction are best left alone. Breaking open any blister is not recommended, as that can invite infection. The best treatment is often to put a band-aid over the blister so the pad will protect it, especially if you are going to continue to be using your hands in the manner which caused the blister in the first place. If not, just leave the blister alone, and it will usually heal within a day or so. If the blister should break open, an antiseptic should be applied, and the blister should be covered with a bandage.
Blood Blisters - Blood finger blisters can be more painful, or at least the cause of them can be painful, as blood blisters usually form due to tissue damage. Blood blisters on the fingers occur most frequently on the undersides of the fingers, where the skin is a little looser and can be more easily pinched. Chaffing can be a cause as well as pinching, but in either case, tissue beneath the skin has been damaged and bleeds as the result. The fluid in a blood blister is usually a mixture of blood and plasma. Like a friction caused blister, or water blister, blood finger blisters will usually heal on their own. Blood blisters often form under all the layers of skin, and consequently are protected from breaking more than are blisters forming within the layers of the skin.
Diseases And Allergies - Viruses are another cause of blisters, even finger blisters. The chickenpox virus is one of the more common causes in this respect. Allergies are another cause. If we handle certain substances or come into contact with poison ivy or some other types of plants, an allergic reaction may take place in the form of finger blisters.
Some diseases or conditions, such as dyshidrosis, a skin condition, can exhibit tiny finger blisters as a symptom. In this case a doctor or dermatologist should be consulted to determine the appropriate course of treatment. Usually when we get finger blisters, we have a good idea as to the cause. If they suddenly appear for no apparent reason, and don't go away fairly quickly, it is usually best to see your care provider.