Blisters all over the body may be a sign of a serious, life-threatening disease; call your doctor.
What Causes Blisters?
Blisters are caused by several things:
Friction: Blisters can happen when something rubs against skin, such as a tool handle against the hand or a new pair of shoes against the ankle. Unlike corns and calluses, which develop from prolonged rubbing, friction blisters come from brief, intense rubbing on a small area.
Burns: Flames, steam, or touching a hot surface can cause blisters, as can severe sunburn or radiation.
Cold: Extreme cold can cause blisters. For example, when a wart is frozen off, a blister will grow.
Contact with irritants or allergens: Skin may blister when it comes in contact with some chemicals, cosmetics, and many plant allergens. This is called irritant or allergic contact dermatitis.
Drug reactions: Many people develop blisters as a reaction to taking certain drugs. Before prescribing any new drugs, your doctor should ask about any drug reactions you have had in the past. If you develop a blister while on medication, call your doctor.