Blood Blister

Blood Blister

While most of us experience a blood blister sometime in our life, it’s worth explaining the sports medicine behind them. Blood Blisters and regular blisters occur when friction tears the top layers of skin, leaving a bubble between the healing layers of skins. While there is not much you can do to remedy an already formed blister (sorry!), you can take preventative measures by ensuring your footwear is properly fitted and that you always wear a good pair of socks. If a blister does appear, you will want to take precautions to make sure it heals properly. Applying a Band-Aid or gel can help reduce further friction.

Blood Blister center twp footRunners or tennis players often damage the toes, causing microscopic bleeding under the nail

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Blood Blister Under the Toenail

Venous Leg Blisters

Patients with venous reflux can get large blisters on their leg, which left untreated can easily get infected. These can sometimes become blood blisters if the delicate tissue tears.

Other Diagnosis

Eczema

The first step in treating any skin problem is an accurate diagnosis. Only then can we hope to prevent it from occurring again. It can be quite difficult to diagnose eczema. Being a chronic skin condition, it can resemble a variety of other skin problems. To insure a speedy and correct diagnosis, it’s important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced dermatologist. With first class training, the newest technologies and years of experience, we can help you manage your eczema so that the instances of this painful skin disorder will become less common and intense.

When you first visit our office, one of our highly-trained medical professionals will complete an intake interview. Our goal is to get a clear picture of your medical background, family history and your current symptoms including a timeline. It can help to write down a synopsis of what you’ve been experiencing and any questions that you have before coming in for your appointment. After that, a physical exam will be conducted. The most common symptom associated with eczema is Itchy skin. The compulsion to scratch may be so powerful that some patients find it impossible to control themselves. Some sufferers even scratch without being aware of it. Further irritating a lesion by scratching or picking at it can result in scarring and other complications. 

Different in everyone

Eczema can present differently in individual cases. Its symptoms can be easily confused with other skin disorders, such as contact dermatitis (which is a reaction to a chemical that can irritate the skin), psoriasis, or hives. Eczema has several tell-tale signs. Your dermatologist may consider an eczema diagnosis if your skin presents with any of the following symptoms:

  • bleeding,
  • blistering,
  • cracking, 
  • crusting, 
  • discoloration, 
  • flaking, 
  • itchy skin
  • oozing, 
  • redness or
  • swelling.

Eczema could be responsible if you are experiencing any of these symptoms on an ongoing or recurring basis.

As eczema can present with similar symptoms to other skin conditions, collecting a thorough medical history (including your family history) is central to a good diagnosis. While the exact cause of eczema is here to unknown, most medical professionals believed that this skin disorder is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.