Causes Of Blisters

What causes blisters? Friction or rubbing of the skin is one of the most common causes of blisters. Blisters caused by rubbing and friction can occur after walking, running or hiking long distances, especially while wearing ill-fitting shoes, or after performing other repetitive motions over an extended period of time; for example, shoveling dirt in the garden. Other causes of blisters, include extreme temperatures (either hot or cold – sunburns, heat burns, frostbite), chemical burns, intense pinching or crushing, allergic reactions and disease.

What are the causes of a water blister?

Chafing, rubbing or repeated friction of an area of skin are the most likely causes of a water blister. Most water blisters occur on the hands and feet and can be blamed on ill-fitting shoes and/or physical labor, especially the kind that requires gripping something like a shovel or a golf club. But friction is not the only cause of water blisters.

Burns can also cause very painful water blisters, especially second degree burns, as can allergies and even some viruses like chickenpox or shingles. Blisters that occur on hands and feet are commonly classified as water blisters.

What are the causes of a blood blister?

A blood blister occurs after pinching of the skin or intense impact to an area of the skin. Chemical irritants, infections, medical conditions and scalding or burning, including sunburns, can also cause blood blisters, as can friction to an area of skin over a long period of time. This type of blister generally appears after excessive rubbing or friction on feet or hands.

What are the causes of a burn blister?

First-degree burns cause red skin, but second-degree burns cause blisters. Anything that gives skin a second-degree burn will cause burn blisters. Common examples include scalding from boiling water or hot oil, or even very bad sunburn.