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Doctor insights on: Peeling The Skin Off Of A Blister

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Dr. Philip Miller
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Blistering (Definition)

A blister is a collection of fluid under the epidermis. A blistering rash is one in which ...Read more


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I'm 20, had about 3 bad sunburns as a kid. No blistering, just red and very painful to move. Skin peeled. Can I reverse the damage? I'm very concerned

I'm 20, had about 3 bad sunburns as a kid. No blistering, just red and very painful to move. Skin peeled. Can I reverse the damage? I'm very concerned

Skin exams: You certainly should make it a practice to use sun screen now. Also do monthly skin exams to look for changes in your skin, this involves a full length mirror and hand mirrors. Any changes should be checked out by your doctor. You are wise to start now. I had a first cousin die in his early 40s from a melanoma. He spent his early years in Fiji getting lots of sun.

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Why does skin blister in the sun?

Why does skin blister in the sun?

Blisters: Photodermatitis or sun poisoning is a form of allergic skin reaction. Among the many causes are lemon oil in fragrances, coal tars, paba in sunscreens, st. John's wort, benzoyl peroxide, tetracyclin antibiotics, retinoids, pellagra, some plants, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents such as ibuprofen.

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What causes blisters on your head?

What causes blisters on your head?

Viral?: Unless there is some reason that something is rubbing, it is usually a rash from a virus or some type of infection. The patient should be seen by a doctor.

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Why does our skin blister when it gets burned?

Why does our skin blister when it gets burned?

Burns and blisters: Burns cause inflammation in our skin which leads to edema in the various layers of our skin. Blisters are just fluid collected under the outermost layer.

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What causes random clear blisters on your skin?

What causes random clear blisters on your skin?

Many possibilities: There are many types and causes of skin blisters or rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections, friction, and insect bites can cause blisters on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment.

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Ishy skin now I have little blister and it spread?

Ishy skin now I have little blister and it spread?

See your doctor: A doctor would need to see the blistered rash in order to diagnose it.

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How much time do popped blisters stay on your skin?

Extremely variable: Depending on person's basic health and the type of blister.

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I have got really bad sunburn and my skin is blistering should I be worried?

I have got really bad sunburn and my skin is blistering should I be worried?

Sunburn: Yes you should be worried and you must go to the nearest Emergency facility to begin to help you control the blistering. Won't get better overnight but will get better over time. Don't forget to put cream on when you are in the sun.

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I got a little sunburned about 5 days ago and now my skin is blistering, help?

I got a little sunburned about 5 days ago and now my skin is blistering, help?

Moisturizer: Use a lot of moisturizer. Aveeno (oatmeal) is a good brand to use. The concern is that blisters should have appeared earlier and usually with only a little sun burn you do not get blisters. There is a possibility that you have some other condition causing blisters. In that case you will need to see a dermatologist or a family physician to get proper diagnosis and treatment.

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What do you suggest to relieve the pain of a blister (the skin came off) and heal it quickly?

What do you suggest to relieve the pain of a blister (the skin came off) and heal it quickly?

Simple Treatment: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation (red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected.

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I cut the skin off my blister and its been almost 1 week. Will the skin be growing back soon?

Yes: Keep area moist with aquaphor and covered and area wil heal within another few days. Avoid infection -do not pull off skin.

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My boyfriend has blisters on his head which he think its from the sun is there anything we can do for this?

My boyfriend has blisters on his head which he think its from the sun is there anything we can do for this?

Herpes zoster?: If the blisters are all over the head and only in sun-exposed areas (e.g. not in the hair), then maybe related to sun exposure. But if localized to one side or the other, i.e. no blisters across the midline, then herpes zoster (shingles) is a good bet. He should see a doctor ASAP: helpful treatment is available but must be started early for maximum effect.

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I burned myself on a coal. A thin layer of skin came off and my skin is white beneath. I don't see a blister. What do I do?

I burned myself on a coal. A thin layer of skin came off and my skin is white beneath. I don't see a blister. What do I do?

Other options: Probably you have burned to the second layer of skin called the dermis. I suggest a prescription for silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream (if you are not allegic to sulfa), as it will help heal the area faster. It is also a topical antibiotic.

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I had recently bought some new pairs of shoes but then I got blisters from them. I soon popped the blister and peeled the skin. Is that bad?

Blisters: Will eventually pop on their own. If you pop them yourself just make sure you cleanse the area with mild soap and water and apply an anti-bacterial ointment as well as a protective band-aid. Hopefully your shoes won't bother you next time!

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I got very bad sunburn three days ago and got very bad blisters over my face. Today almost all of my skin has peeled off. My face is very red?

I got very bad sunburn three days ago and got very bad blisters over my face. Today almost all of my skin has peeled off. My face is very red?

If a large portion: Of the face was blistered - I would have recommended medical evaluation. Sometimes applying aloe vera straight from the plant can help to expedite burn healing.

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What happen when u peel off the blister skin?

What happen when u peel off the blister skin?

It is more prone to: Blistered skin is best left alone. If you peel the top, the skin underneath is raw and is exposed to germs, so it can get infected more easily. At this stage you need to cover the raw area with a non-sticky band-aid and change the cover once or twice daily till it heals...may take 3-5 days. Watch for any yellow discharge....that is a sign of infection. Let us know in case you develop infection.

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How can you remove blisters on skin from sunburn?

How can you remove blisters on skin from sunburn?

Leave blister intact: Keep sunburn cool with moist cool/cold compresses. Avoid alcohol containing products. Break off pieces of aloe vera plant & apply sap to skin. Consider non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds to reduce pain. Don’t yank off peeling skin or burst blisters. Seek medical care for severe pain, fever, lack of improvement of symptoms within several days or if a large surface area is blistered.

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Burst blister and skin came off how to heal quickly?

Apply polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin): Ointment to it twice a day, and keep it otherwise clean and dry. It will heal in 1-2 weeks.