What other symptoms might occur with blisters?

Blisters may occur with other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Common symptoms can include a burning sensation, pain, rash and itching. Potential symptoms that may accompany a blister include:

  • Burning sensation

  • Flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache, cough, aches and pains)

  • Itching

  • Joint pain

  • Loss of appetite

  • Pain or tenderness around the blister

  • Rash

  • Swollen lymph nodes

  • Tingling sensation before visible blister

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, a blister or group of blisters can indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have blisters with any of these life-threatening symptoms or conditions including:

  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Electrical injury
  • Exposure to a toxic chemical, such as lye or acids
  • Exposure to cold temperatures (possible frostbite and hypothermia)
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Redness, increased pain, pus, and warmth of affected area
  • Respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, or choking
  • Sudden swelling of the face, lips, tongue or mouth

In addition, if you have diabetes, seek prompt medical care to evaluate and treat any blister on the feet or legs, even a small blister, because of a high risk of serious infection.


What are blisters?

A blister is a collection of clear fluid trapped between or beneath the top layer of skin, the epidermis. Blisters, which are often called “water blisters,” often break open and the fluid inside is released onto the skin. Blisters, also known as vesicles, can occur in all age groups and populations.

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What causes blisters?

A blister can be a symptom of a variety of disorders, diseases or conditions including infection, inflammation, trauma, allergic reaction, and other abnormal processes. Some causes may be relatively mild, such as blisters on the feet from ill-fitting shoes or blisters on the hands from working with garden tools. Other conditions require prompt medical care, such as an infectious disease or scal... Read more about blisterscauses

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 23, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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