Blisters are small swelling of the skin that contains watery fluid. They are caused by friction. The body responds to the friction by producing fluid. The fluid builds up beneath the part of the skin being rubbed, causing pressure and pain.
Blisters are quite common for anyone who regularly participates in sports. Most athletes just accept them as the price you pay to play, but there are measures to avoid them, or decrease the pain and risk of infection if you find you have one.
Blisters are caused by friction from shoes or clothing which rubs repeatedly on the skin causing friction burns. As the outer layer of skin separates from the inner layers the space between fills with lymph fluid.Repeated friction and pressure against the skin, especially during hot, humid weather. Examples of common sites for blisters include the hands of gymnasts, the feet of runners and dancers, the fingers of baseball pitchers, and the buttocks of bicycle riders.
Signs and symptoms
No treatment is necessary for small, painless blisters (less than 1 inch across). To treat painful blisters or blisters larger than 1 inch:
You may use non-prescription antibiotic medicine, such as Bacitracin or Neosporin, on the skin of the blister.
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