Blisters that develop from tight shoes rubbing against your skin may
be painful, especially when you put weight or pressure on them. Unless you have
another condition that causes problems with healing, such as
peripheral arterial disease, or an
immune system problem, this type of blister usually is
not serious and often can be treated at home.
Painful blisters may occur for other reasons.
Painful blisters that develop in a band or strip
on one side of the body may be caused by
shingles. Blisters from shingles usually develop on
the chest, back, abdomen, head, face, neck, or one arm or leg. Prompt treatment
of shingles can decrease the severity of the illness and shorten the duration
Painful blisters in the genital area may be caused by
herpes simplex virus. Note: If
you think your blisters may be caused by the herpes simplex virus, do not have
sexual contact or activity while waiting for your appointment. Your partner may
need to be treated as well.
A bite from a spider, insect, or group
of insects (such as
fire ants) may cause painful blisters.
Skin infection (cellulitis) that develops at or near
the site of a blister may cause pain, redness, swelling, heat, and drainage of
pus or honey-colored fluid.
Treatment for a painful blister may focus on relieving the pain and
treating the underlying cause.
Jan Nissl, RN, BS
Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA
Primary Medical Reviewer
William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology
May 8, 2007
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 08, 2007
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