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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 got a sunburn last week on my legs, but this morning my shins were covered in little bubble blisters. What is this from? Is it bad if I pop them?

I got a sunburn last week on my legs, but this morning my shins were covered in little bubble blisters. What is this from? Is it bad if I pop them?

Second degree burn: Sounds like you really got burned by sun and the blistering is sign of second degree burn. Do not pop the bubbles because it could cause infection Call n see your primary doctor immediately Read more

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What would cause both of my shins to turn purple. I also have left ankle and leg swelling. My boyfriends shins are worse than mine with blisters?

Fractures / vascular: The purple color may be indicative of stress fractures, but it also sound s like you may have a vascular issue going on here. Many factors such as your medical history and activity level come into play here. I would definitely see a doctor as soon as possible and not wait with what you are describing. Read more

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Can HSV 1or2 travel without contact or is it shingles? Shin has itchy blisters with shinbone/leg/groin pain/fatigue. Have had HSV forever.

Can HSV 1or2 travel without contact or is it shingles? Shin has itchy blisters with shinbone/leg/groin pain/fatigue. Have had HSV forever.

See answer: If you have orofacial or genital herpes (hsv-1/hsv-2), you cannot transmit the infection to another part of your body after initial infection occurs. That said, with genital herpes, one has infection of the l-4, l-5, and s-1 nerve roots which innervate the rectal area, buttocks and lateral aspect of the thigh and so outbreaks can occur in those areas. Shingles can affect any area of the body. Read more

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I have developed blisters on side of leg, what could this be?

I have developed blisters on side of leg, what could this be?

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

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Red and itchy leg also now blistering?

Red and itchy leg also now blistering?

Blistering rash: Blisters with redness and itch can signify a contact dermatitis such as poison ivy or oak or sumac if indeed you have had exposure to weeds or vines outdoors. I would suggest white vinegar soaks and apply Hydrocortisone cream 2-3x/day. If the condition worsens, please see a dermatologist. Read more

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I have a water blister on my leg. What do I use for it?

I have a water blister on my leg. What do I use for it?

You have to be: Careful when you have a blister. Are you a diabetic or immunocompromised in any way? If it is getting worse meaning becoming red, hot or painful you need to see your physician to possibly get it drained, cultured and to start antibiotic therapy. Read more

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My 2 year old has a small blister on his leg. What could it be?

My 2 year old has a small blister on his leg. What could it be?

Possible infection: Without a photograph it is impossible to say exactly what it is. It may be an infection however, and that is why he should be seen as soon as possible. Read more

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I have little blister bumps on my leg they itch know one in my house have them what is it?

See below: Possibilities include: 1. Infection (impetigo) 2. Hives 3. Bites from spiders or bed bugs (doubt bed bugs since no one else has them) 4. Poison ivy - unlikely in the colder areas of the us because poison ivy is seasonal 5. Rare causes of blisters such as an allergy to a medicine you are on. Read more

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I burnt my bare leg with a curling iron, 4 days later, blister popped and it's green in colour, what should I do?

I burnt my bare leg with a curling iron, 4 days later, blister popped and it's green in colour, what should I do?

Evaluation: Keep the area moist. You can use Vaseline or any other cream for burn victims. I strongly recommend evaluation by your primary physician. Hope this helps. Read more

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My leg has a fungus on it and what the dr gave me doesn't touch it. It's hot prickly blisters that itch like mad sometimes. What can I put on it?

My leg has a fungus on it and what the dr gave me doesn't touch it. It's hot prickly blisters that itch like mad sometimes. What can I put on it?

Keep using the cream: Keep using the cream, probably twice a day. I imagine that it is just itching madly as there is a war going on in you skin and that fungus doesn't want to leave. Get pramasone at any local pharmacy and store it in the refrigerator. Use it 5-6 times a day in between your anti fungal cream to get the itch temporarily under control. If this isn't improving in 2-4 weeks, get rechecked. Read more

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My son has tiny little bumps on his leg. Some in a row, others scattered. They almost look like they could be blisters? They've been there for awhile.

My son has tiny little bumps on his leg. Some in a row, others scattered. They almost look like they could be blisters? They've been there for awhile.

Leg bumps: Your childs bumps could represent a virus of the skin known as molluscum contagiosum. Unfortunately we don't have a picture of your childs rashso I wouldconsult your doctor or a dermatologist for adefinitiveanswer and treatment. Read more

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I had a blister on my leg and it has now gone down and developed a red ring around it. What could it be? Should I be concerned? Is it from an insect?

I had a blister on my leg and it has now gone down and developed a red ring around it. What could it be? Should I be concerned? Is it from an insect?

Can't tell: From your description, such skin condition needs to be examined, so kindly see your doctor to start with, or even have a virtual consult on HealthTap, best wishes Read more

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Blisters appeared on my leg, but no pain or itch, help?

Blisters appeared on my leg, but no pain or itch, help?

Infection vs contact: This may represent a contact dermatitis or and infection. It should be evaluated. Shingles and herpes simplex usually cause some pain. Read more

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I have a tiny cluster of blisters on my leg. What should I do?

I have a tiny cluster of blisters on my leg. What should I do?

Don't puncture it: Most waterfilled blisters are self limiting and go away by themselves the only exceptions are if these are puss filled blisters or caused by contact dermatitis like poison ivy, than you see your doctor and get treated but if in doubt check with your doctor. Read more

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I have a newly formed freckle on my leg and it started out as a blister and I popped it thinking it was from the sun and now I'm concerned...

I have a newly formed freckle on my leg and it started out as a blister and I popped it thinking it was from the sun and now I'm concerned...

Not very concerned.: Doesn't sound serious. A blister can pop and leave a hyper pigmented scar that looks like a freckle. This will resolve with time. If it enlarges or bleeds see your doc. Read more

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I have a rash with blisters growing on my leg without any cause?

I have a rash with blisters growing on my leg without any cause?

Possibly infectious: If the area is painful and/or there was pain in the area before the blisters appeared it could be shingles. They usually are pretty localized and the blisters will crust over. If it is recognized early there are medicines to take but even without treatment will usually resolve on its own but may leave residual pain at site. Your primary is the best place to go to be evaluated. Read more