What are they and what is the cause of blisters?

What are blisters?

Blisters are fluid-filled sacs on the outer layer of the skin. They are formed due to friction, heat or skin diseases. They are most common on the hands and feet.

Another name for blisters is gallbladder (usually for smaller blisters) and bulla (for larger ones).

What Causes Blisters?

Blisters often occur when there is friction (rubbing or pressure) in a place. For example, if your shoes don't fit well and rub part of your foot. Or if you don't wear gloves when raking the blades and your hand is constantly rubbing the handle. Other causes of blisters include:

Burns
Sun burns
Freezing
Eczema
Allergic reactions
Poison ivy, oak, and sumac
Autoimmune diseases like pemphigus
Epidermolysis bullosa, a disease that makes the skin fragile
Viral infections such as varicella zoster (the virus that causes chickenpox and shingles) and herpes simplex (which causes cold sores)
Skin infections including impetigo

Source:  medlineplus

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