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Small red blisters on shoulder, what are they?

Small red blisters on shoulder, what are they?

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. Friction and insect bites can also cause blisters. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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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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Had a boil/blister on shoulder dr said could be viral infection. Been gone for a mth but has a scar & still pains. Is that normal?

Had a boil/blister on shoulder dr said could be viral infection. Been gone for a mth but has a scar & still pains. Is that normal?

Need more info: There is a difference between a "boil" & a blister. One could be bacterial the other viral or just fluid. If it still hurts after a month iy should be looked at by your family physician and/or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a small blister on my shoulder it is clear I squeeze it and it comes back it's the size of a pea?

I have a small blister on my shoulder it is clear I squeeze it and it comes back it's the size of a pea?

Cyst: Sounds like a cyst or abscess under the skin. Try warm water soaks or a warm, moist compress. Consider topical or oral antibiotics. Also draining or removing the cyst by a doctor. ...Read more

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Are brown blisters from a sunburn normal? They are accompanied by small clear blisters, but they are big and brown in color - on my shoulder.

Are brown blisters from a sunburn normal? They are accompanied by small clear blisters, but they are big and brown in color - on my shoulder.

Brown blisters: Hi Joshua635 ~ The brown blisters is microscopic punctate hemorrages into the skin and is one of the manifestations of severe sunburn, which can be up to a 2nd degree hot water burn! Leave the blisters. Its the BEST dressing, and apply antibiotic ointment to scalded areas and if not too extensive and not too deep can be left open so it dries out as quickly as possible thx ...Read more

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Have a cluster of blisters on my left shoulder blade area. 1 cluster on the center of my back and one closer to my left shoulder.

Have a cluster of blisters on my left shoulder blade area. 1 cluster on the center of my back and one closer to my left shoulder.

Herpes zoster: If these burned just prior to eruption or are painful this may be herpes zoster, a recurrent deactivation if the chicken pox virus. Need culture to prove and if positive, start either Acyclovir or Valtrex (valacyclovir) to treat/prevent also at some point in future consider zostivax vaccine if age >65. ...Read more

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I have a blood blister that appears on my shoulder the week before my mental cycle, and then disappears after each month. What is it?

I have a blood blister that appears on my shoulder the week before my mental cycle, and then disappears after each month. What is it?

Poss. Endometriosis: Based on your history, is is possible that you have an extra-pelvic (outside of the pelvis) endometriosis. This would be rare but I have seen one case (ironically) in the shoulder joint approximately 18 years ago. See your doctor for confirmation and a possible biopsy. ...Read more

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I woke up with a water filled blister on my shoulder that was very painful. I popped it but there is another now and the area around it is red. What could this be?

I woke up with a water filled blister on my shoulder that was very painful. I popped it but there is another now and the area around it is red. What could this be?

Get checked: Did u spend a fair amount of time out in the sun? Be sure to watch the redness as it may be early signs if infection. Get in to see ur doctor? ...Read more

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Just came back from a walk and noticed some blisters at the back of my neck and shoulder. They are itchy as well. What should I do?

Just came back from a walk and noticed some blisters at the back of my neck and shoulder. They are itchy as well. What should I do?

Maybe nothing: Probably nothing but it could be a contact dermatitis. If they persist, try a local cortisone cream. If they become a bigger problem, see your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I had shoulder surgery and now I have blisters all over my arm and underneath it. What is the cause and how do I fix it?

Depends: Blisters immed after surgery usually secondary to excessive tension on superficial layers of skin. This may be caused by swelling alone or surgical tape placed in excessive tension to secure bandage. If this seemed to develop later could be superficial skin infection or cellulitis especially if area seems to be expanding. If this is the case should be evaluated by your surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a small bump on my right shoulder that I think is a blood blister, it doesn't hurt nor does it itch, what should I do about it?

I have a small bump on my right shoulder that I think is a blood blister, it doesn't hurt nor does it itch, what should I do about it?

Get it checked out: If this is bright red it is probably a benign lesion called a hemangioma but if dark and not improving it may be a skin cancer such as melanoma and it should be evaluated as soon as possible to be on the safe side. There are many other benign (good) possibilities but without more information I think it would be best if you contacted your doctor on monday, . ...Read more

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I have lots of little blisters on my right shoulder blade, my chest and my side aswel. They cluster together haven't burst yet. What do I have?

I have lots of little blisters on my right shoulder blade, my chest and my side aswel. They cluster together haven't burst yet. What do I have?

Skin lesions.: In young people (teen ages) acne is a common condition. The distribution makes me think of acne without having much information about you. Have it examined by a Dermatologist. ...Read more

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I had shoulder surgery and when the bandages were removed there were some very bad burn blisters. Dr said it was from saline expanding my skin?

I had shoulder surgery and when the bandages were removed there were some very bad burn blisters. Dr said it was from saline expanding my skin?

Yes: The skin expansion causes a disruption which leads to blisters. They will heal- it does happen. Sorry you are having issues- good luck. ...Read more

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I have had a severe rash with puss like bubbles/ blisters on my neck, shoulder and part of my chest for 2 days now, any answers to what this might be?

I have had a severe rash with puss like bubbles/ blisters on my neck, shoulder and part of my chest for 2 days now, any answers to what this might be?

Impetigo: Go directly to a UC clinic or see your private physician for an examination. You will most likely need topical and oral antibiotic therapy-asap. ...Read more

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For the second time in 2 months, got small fluid blisters on my shoulder. Same shoulder. Spot. I get cold sores on my mouth. Could it b the same thing?

For the second time in 2 months, got small fluid blisters on my shoulder. Same shoulder. Spot. I get cold sores on my mouth. Could it b the same thing?

Could be simplex: You possibly could have a condition called herpes simplex. Like a cold sore, this viral infection can cause recurrent, itchy and painful blisters in the same area of the body. Follow with your doctor. ...Read more

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I accidentally fell asleep with an ice pack on my shoulder. It's bruised with a huge blister and some smaller ones. It's tingling and feels warm.

I accidentally fell asleep with an ice pack on my shoulder. It's bruised with a huge blister and some smaller ones. It's tingling and feels warm.

Frostbite: This thermal injury sounds like frostbite to me. I think you need an urgent evaluation at a burn center. This sounds like third or possibly even fourth degree frostbite. You also need to update your tetanus vaccination and possibly be placed in a hot whirlpool, get debridement of dead tissue and education on dressing changes and follow up with a burn surgeon. This is Advanced Trauma Life Support ...Read more

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Got this pimple bump like thing on the back of my neck and 4 weeks ago got bad sunburn blisters on neck sholders and scalp. Is it cancer bump?

Got this pimple bump like thing on the back of my neck and 4 weeks ago got bad sunburn blisters on neck sholders and scalp. Is it cancer bump?

Get a medical examin: If this bump is growing in size, then you need to get it checked soon. Your doctor can guide you as to its nature (? Benign or malignant) and also remove it if it does not go away on its own which many of the benign conditions do in a matter of 1-2 months. Good luck. ...Read more

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Shoulders sunburn w/blisters all over burn area. Very painful. Not able to lift or bend arms. Moving arms causes stinging. Pain down arm w/no sunburn

2 degree burn: You have a significant sun burn at least second degree with blistering. Don't pick the blisters apply cool compresses and if things get worse, it becomes even more swollen and tender or puss see your doctor. ...Read more

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Have sunburn blisters on shoulder they are popping been pitting the green after sunburn aloe on them not sure if ooze is clear due to the treatment.

Have sunburn blisters on shoulder they are popping been pitting the green after sunburn aloe on them not sure if ooze is clear due to the treatment.

Burn blisters: The blistering will break and clear fluid will be noted. The aloe is soothing and helps with the healing process. This sounds normal ...Read more

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Can you tell me about r/t surgery on frozen right shoulder, to include success rates?

Can you tell me about r/t surgery on frozen right shoulder, to include success rates?

Last resort: Would reserve surgery as last resort for frozen shoulder once physical therapy options have been exhausted. If pain is impeding progress in therapy would highly recommend steriod injection in joint which is routinely performed under x-ray to ensure accurate placement. In my experience helps to control pain and facilitate progress in pt. Have personally operated on very few patients. ...Read more