Much like Thanksgiving at your in-laws, blisters are nearly synonymous with friction. When one appears on your foot, the first thing one will often consider is shoe choice and activity. But what about when those culprits are innocent? What else can cause blisters to appear?
Among the more common additional causes of blisters are burns and cold exposure. This can range from sunburn or touching a hot surface to the side effect of having a wart frozen off. These are usually one-time events courtesy of a hard-knock life.
A reaction can also be a cause of blistering, and could happen one of two ways. The skin can be in contact with something irritating or that it is allergic to. Also known as contact dermatitis, the offending item could be a natural chemical such as from poison ivy or a chemical in a cosmetic or detergent. Some drugs can also cause people to develop blisters. If you have started a new medication and get blisters, contact the doctor who prescribed it to you.
More rarely, a disease can cause blistering on the feet. These can include chicken pox and hand, foot and mouth disease, among other conditions. Treating these conditions will naturally clear any blistering up over time.
If you have developed blisters on your feet and can’t discern the reason, Dr. Sanjay Patel at Family Foot Care & Surgery can help find answers and solutions. Contact either of our two area offices by calling (203) 876-7736 for Milford or (203) 288-4055 for Hamden.