A blister is a circular-shaped bump on the skin containing bloody or clear fluid.
Blisters are caused by injury, allergic reactions, or infections, including the following:
The symptoms of a blister may resemble other skin conditions or medical problems. Always consult a physician for the proper diagnosis.
Blisters often heal spontaneously. Treatment varies according to the cause. General guidelines for treatment include:
The Division of Dermatology at Children's National Health System continues to expand services as more families seek our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the skin, hair, and nails.
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Sometimes a mom’s intuition is all it takes to get her child to the right physician. When 8-year-old Xavion Chisley developed a fungal infection on his toe, his mother, Nikki, immediately took him to see a dermatologist who removed his toenail to treat the infection. However, when Xavion’s toenail grew back, the infection had not diminished but actually appeared to be spreading to his foot.
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Children’s National Health System is one of 47 sites in the United States with a clinic devoted to the treatment of tuberous sclerosis (TSC). We treat our children who are diagnosed with TSC, and continue to provide consultation with primary care physicians and some outpatient services for our patients into adulthood.
The Vascular Anomalies Clinic brings all of the necessary pediatric specialists together -- in one place -- for individual evaluation and treatment of children with vascular anomalies.
Impetigo is a superficial infection of the skin caused by bacteria. The lesions are often grouped together, have a red base, and are open but close over to form a honey-colored crust.