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Re: Bubbles under skin of fingers
« Reply #20 on: Tuesday June 03, 2008, 11:32:40 PM »
They're damn Awful pure-sweet and that's a fact, no matter in which condition they occur as a symptom! When they are in blister form they itch like hell, (that's partly why you get the blisters) and when they burst you are left with open traumatised skin. Imagine that occurring in your eyes! When blisters occur in the eyes they burst just the same , but the tissue that is left like a burst balloon, exposes the nerves in the eye, and as we have more nerves in the eye than anywhere else in our body , the pain is unimaginable. I still get it even though the eye that is left, is dead, unfortunately the nerves are not! 
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Re: Bubbles under skin of fingers
« Reply #21 on: Thursday June 12, 2008, 05:55:39 PM »
I think that it sounds kinda like my PPP when it started. Does it itch when the bubbles are present? Is there an accumulation of skin after they pop?


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Re: Bubbles under skin of fingers
« Reply #22 on: Friday June 20, 2008, 08:45:56 AM »
I have the same condition and I was so happy to finally find others with it.

I have had it since January 2008 in my right index finger fingertip. Each month I get a large breakout of them in the concentrated area. It starts with 1 bubble faintly appearing, and a week later a few more I can see by holding the finger at a certain angle against a light (for some reason fluorescent ceiling lights make them stand out the best) and a few days after that, I can see many of them.

Possible connection: (for me at least) I have a deep scar on that fingertip. in '03 I sliced deep into the finger accidentally while cleaning a meat slicer at my deli. I was cleaning it with ALL the safeguards off, with the machine on, and the blade running. I felt a sudden jarring nerve sensation, and looked around to see a ring of blood around the kitchen. The ER disenfected it, and gauzed it, no stiches. The cut never healed right, whenever I press a button with that index finger, say an elevator button, I feel the wound seperating under the tip. I initially thought that these bubbles that appeared 5 years later was air trapped inside the improperly healed wound. (note to any deli worker reading this: FOLLOW THE SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS THAT COME WITH YOUR SLICER/TRAINING.)

The bubbles form on the thumb-side of the index finger tip, with a few on either side of the scar. Why 5 years later? Is it unrelated to the wound? I usualy count an average of 40 bubbles a month. They are uniform in size and get larger as they grow out. This month I am determined to let them run their course, usually I take the biggest one, (closest to the surface) and pop it. It leaks a clear liquid, and leaves a hole, almost like a pore. While the hole is visible, and I can see a few layers in, shortly after the liquid or something dries and fills it in.

A week later they all start to dissappear, and I am free of them for a week or two.

I showed them to my doctor and they were clueless. Why 5 years later? Is it unrelated to the wound?

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Re: Bubbles under skin of fingers
« Reply #23 on: Friday June 20, 2008, 08:49:47 AM »
After doing some research I do not believe it is PPP. There is no pus, no redness of the skin around, and no itchies. What is this condition?



This is what it looks like, THIS IS NOT MY FINGER, I found this photo online. It is interesting that this person also has a nearby cut/scar.  Dishydrotic exzema perhaps. Although it does not itch at all. It doesnt spread either
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Re: Bubbles under skin of fingers
« Reply #24 on: Saturday June 28, 2008, 08:38:15 PM »
I have recently noticed something strange on the fingers of my left hand. I do not know whether this is caused by an allergy.

I have been on these medicines in the last 4 months: Cetirizine, Levocetirizine, Azithromycin, Paracetamol, Amoxcillin & Lactic Acid Bacillus

There are these small bubbles, which are about 1 mm diameter or lesser size on the fingers. Most of the bubbles are less than 1 mm diameter. They are only slightly raised from the skin, less than 1/2 mm raised from the skin.

They are on the palm side of the hand and on top portion of the fingers. When I burst these bubbles a small amount of clear water-like liquid releases from them. I have noticed that bursting these bubbles makes more of them appear on that finger. They are just below the skin, just below a thin layer of skin. It does not cause any itching or pain as such, unless they are burst.

My guess would be allergy to the new meds, new perfume? New detergent or cleaning agents? Or pressure from objects?

Please provide me some answers, since I have not been able to get any proper answers from doctors here.

Thank you.


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Re: Bubbles under skin of fingers
« Reply #25 on: Sunday June 29, 2008, 12:38:02 AM »
Hi Sommerbreeze, I'm afraid nobody here is qualified to offer a diagnosis, the only person capable of doing that is a dermatologist. However,
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There are these small bubbles, which are about 1 mm diameter or lesser size on the fingers. Most of the bubbles are less than 1 mm diameter. They are only slightly raised from the skin, less than 1/2 mm raised from the skin.
They are on the palm side of the hand and on top portion of the fingers. When I burst these bubbles a small amount of clear water-like liquid releases from them.
These are simply blisters. These tiny blisters can occur if you have a hypersensitivity to an enviromental agent such as drugs or one of the ingredients in them. A derm could possibly determine if you are allergic or have a hypersensitivity from a blood sample etc.
They can also occur if you suffer from Atopy. "Atopy" refers to all of the atopic conditions, which is a genetic hypersensitivity to normally harmless substances like pollen for instance or dust. All atopic conditions are caused through mutated genes predisposing you to ever having an atopic reaction. Atopic conditions (the genetic predisposition) tends to run in families.
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Re: Bubbles under skin of fingers
« Reply #26 on: Monday July 07, 2008, 02:20:56 PM »
I have a similar experience to what joeloveland described - seems a lot like Dishydrotic exzema to me. No itch or irritation, just the bubbles appearing on the pad of my left index finger.

For a few months before the bubbles appeared the pad of that finger has been raw, like the top layer of skin would not heal or grow back. Then I went in a pool and the next day the bubbles started appearing, a few at a time.

It is very interesting to hear that joeloveland's experience and the picture he posted are both near the site of a previous injury, and my finger had been raw or compromised in some way. It has been just over a week since it started.

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Re: Bubbles under skin of fingers
« Reply #27 on: Saturday July 12, 2008, 05:20:46 PM »
I have the same problem, and at first I thought it was some kind of STD. Scared the hell out me cause I was afraid it was contagious, and I couldn't wack off anymore. haha!!!! j/k It took me a bit of time, but after doing a little reasearch, I found out that it was dyshidrotic eczema. I soaked my hand in distilled white vinegar while applying a little bit of pressure on the pimples which helped cure the problem. ***Washing hands a lot or aggresively irritates the problem.***  Try doing it for 3-5 days for about 3 minutes before you go to sleep, then apply some mositurizer or hydrocortisone, which should not be used for more then a week, cause it can damage the skin. Do not pop or irritate the pimples which will only make it worse.  Here are a few helpful links for anyone interested in reasearching it. 

http://www.visualdxhealth.com/adult/dyshidroticDermatitis.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyshidrosis

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Re: Bubbles under skin of fingers
« Reply #28 on: Tuesday July 15, 2008, 02:11:32 AM »
I had this same problem about six years ago. The bubbles started on my fingers and then spread to the palms. It was hard to get rid of, but it has gone away now. I have been all clear for the past 5 years. I have always thought it was a fungus related problem, that somehow gets into the blood. Have you had or do you suffer from tinea? I had tinea which is how the problem satrted.
 
Doctors would tell me that it was dermatitis, but I knew it wasn't. So I went to one doctor and demanded a medication called
'Terbinafine' tablets which is for fungus. I took these one per day for six months. Worked really well for me.

I also noticed that it was VERY important to keep the affected area dry and cool. Keep it from getting sweatty, hot or oily.
I washed my hands several times a day using soap and cold water and dryed them well. Especially on hot/humid days you need to keep them from sweating.
(eg. grasping steering wheel for long time on humid day will produce break-outs).
Wash hands before you go to bed and don't tuck in, keep them out and open. Same for the feet if they are also affected. Wear
cotton socks that can be bleached when washing, change regularly, throw out old shoes, wear sandals etc...

I also applied topical terbinafine 'lamisil' cream, twice a week to washed dry clean hands. I believe it is better to treat this from the inside (oral meds) aswell as the outside.

I don't suffer from this anymore, but I am still careful to keep hands and feet dry and cool.

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Re: Bubbles under skin of fingers
« Reply #29 on: Thursday July 17, 2008, 10:11:18 AM »
Can I just say firstly thanks to all who have posted as I've found the bulk of the comments very useful.  For what it's worth I've only noticed this condition for the first time this week and I'm 31 years old.  I was under general anaesthetic last week for a foot operation and within a week started to notice the bubbles firstly on the inside of a few fingers but now they cover about 2/3rds of the palm side of my little finger as well as small outbreaks near the wrists and inside the palm of the hand. I'm currently taking paracetamol, codeine and some anti-inflammatories post-op (not sure if that makes a difference) but will look to see the derm as soon as possible.
Glad to hear people getting past it and if there is anything further that may help others I'd be happy to share it.

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Re: Bubbles under skin of fingers
« Reply #30 on: Saturday August 16, 2008, 04:07:54 AM »
i have the same thing that you all have the bubbles underneath the finger tips and on my palms and it's driving me crazy knowing that i have this on both my hands can anyone tell me what this is or recommend me something to put on my hands in desperate need of HELP!!!!!!!! :'( :'(

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Re: Bubbles under skin of fingers
« Reply #31 on: Monday August 18, 2008, 02:48:56 AM »
Hi all,

I have been battling bubbles and severely cracked skin on my fingers and palms since 2005.  It would get so bad on my left pinkie and my right palm to where certain work was not possible, and I could not bend my pinkie finger without significant pain. 

A week ago, I finally saw a dermatologist and was diagnosed with Hand Eczema (pompholyx).  My doctor assured me that this is a very common case, one which he treats often.  There's no known cause or cure, but there is a treatment.  One which he is confident will work for me and one which has been working extremely well in these past several days.  Interestingly, he believes that outbreaks are related to high stress levels. 

Anyways, I'll go over my treatment and care process just in case it helps anyone here.  First, I was prescribed a daily dosage of prednisone tablets for a short period.  About two weeks worth, shorter if I improve quicker than that.  Second, I was prescribed amcinonide cream which I have been instructed to apply, in small amounts, five to six times daily.  Immediately after the amcinonide cream I was instructed to apply a liberal amount of Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. 

Some things which I am supposed to avoid include: 

- hot water
- hand washing dishes
- soap (the only soap I'm approved to use is Dove soap due to its moisturizers, but I should keep hand washing to a minimum)
- bandaids
- antibiotic ointments
- topical anesthetics
- rubbing alcohol
- citrus or acidic foods (handle with gloves)
- chemicals (again, use gloves... no brainer)

One of the main points my dermatologist stressed was that I need to keep my skin moisturized, which is the point of the Cetaphil cream.  I was a little surprised because I had been avoiding moisturizers thinking I needed to keep my hands dry.  So needless to say I've gone through a lot of Cetaphil in the last week, but it's been well worth it. 

In keeping with the moisturizing theme, I did away with my Old Spice and Dial manly body wash and scrubber and replaced it with a simple Dove bar.  I avoid the use of the scrubber which might aggravate my skin and the extra moisturizing action of the Dove soap helps my skin.  Plus it's cheaper than body wash. 

If my hands itch I don't scratch them.  Instead I use a cold compress, but I haven't had any itching problem since I started my treatment.  In fact, my hands have responded very well.  When I saw my doctor they were peeling, cracked, and full of probably a thousand bubbles.  Now they are no bubbles, they are healing very well, and I'm on my way to trouble free hands.  It's great and I'm so glad I finally went to see a dermatologist.  I don't have to hide my hands anymore, and this is a treatment that I will be able to keep up for good. 

Really, it's somewhat of a lifestyle change.  Knowing how to care for your hands and the catalysts you should try your best to avoid.  I don't know how well I'd be doing without the medicine, but I'm sure I'd be doing better than I was before. 

I hope this post might help some of you, but really I think your best bet is to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist if you haven't yet.  Chances are they'll have dealt with it a lot before and will be able to start you off on a treatment very much like mine, which I'm glad to say has been working extremely well. 

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Re: Bubbles under skin of fingers
« Reply #32 on: Monday August 18, 2008, 09:38:37 AM »
Good advice Steve, well said! Sometimes the preds just bangs it on the head as it were, and ends the inflammatory process.
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Re: Bubbles under skin of fingers
« Reply #33 on: Thursday January 15, 2009, 08:39:44 PM »
I have the same itchless bubbles, with the clear liquid and hole if you pop them.  They started on the pad of one of my left hand fingers and spread to my both hands.  On that same finger I had cut myself while pealing potatoes years before.  I should've had stitches, but I was so embarrased that I just let it heal.  I find that these things pop up when my immune system is overworked, like when I get sick etc.  They also pop up in warm weather season.  One of my doctor cousins said it was related to the stomach and it happens to people who get angry alot.  >:( naturally, I denied I was the type, knowing I am. :P  Anyways, another doctor told me it was a fungus within my body and started me on a cleansing program I didn't follow.  My instinct tells me it's a parasite that shouldn't be in the body, could've gotten in through the cut, who knows.   It could be a fungus, like a yeast thing.  Who knows.  This summer I'm going to wash dishes with bare hands using Comet disinfectant and see if it works again.  Then I'll let you know if it does.

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Re: Bubbles under skin of fingers
« Reply #34 on: Thursday February 05, 2009, 02:36:59 AM »
I have a problem like this! But the doctor says it's dyshidrodic eczema. I caused it myself, just from scratching for no particular reason (bad idea) and it looks raw and banged-up. Then, when it's all irritated, bubbles come up, and they get bigger and more of them, and spread when it's more irritated, or scratched more! :( I found though that when I forget about them somehow, they go away completely, so I just use lotion when I wash my hands, and hydrocortisone 1 percent with moisturizers makes it stop itching. So i put that and a tissue or massive band-aid on my hand when I go to sleep, cause that's when it itches the most, but I'm sleeping, soo I cover it so I don't scratch it while unconscious. :/ It itches SO much, but...my plan is to just do this so I don't touch it for a little while so that it will go away! Good luck to you all! Sorry about this problem!!

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Re: Bubbles under skin of fingers
« Reply #35 on: Thursday February 05, 2009, 02:48:20 PM »
Yes, Coolcat, I feel your pain. Or rather, your itch. And yes, scratching does make it worse... it even makes the itch more intense for me.

If you're like me, the reason it itches so much at night is because your hands are warm (under the covers) It is a royal pain to try and sleep with your hands outside, but it helps a lot if you can manage it. Cold is your friend with this stuff.
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Re: Bubbles under skin of fingers
« Reply #36 on: Monday February 09, 2009, 03:40:44 AM »
As mentioned a few posts ago..  the photo looks a lot like pompholyx which is what i have (diagnosed by my doctor) although the small bubbles tend to get a lot bigger often..  not necessarily on my hands.. pompholyx appears mainly on my feet and is very itchy of course.. also i barely wear shoes as they irrritate so much. 

along with avoiding what m4a1 said.. i got told to soak my hands/feet in potassium permanganate (commonly known as Condy's crystals).  The solution is quite expensive so we went to a garden shop (!) and brought a whole container of crystals... you use about 20-30 (they are tiny..) in half a bucket of cold water..  and the suggested amount is 15 mins 3x a day. this worked wonders on my hands.. i still struggle with my feet as finding 45mins to sit still in a day is hard work!  The potassium turns the skin a not-so-nice shade of brown but it goes away quickly. The idea is that it toughens the skin and drys up the blisters.

Hope that helps and it's great to finally talk to people who have the same problem!!!!!
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Re: Bubbles under skin of fingers
« Reply #37 on: Monday February 16, 2009, 01:46:14 PM »
I have had pompholyx several times now from the ages of 19 to 26 which I am now and I get it on the palms of my hands and somtimes up my fingers. It seems to break out for no apparent reason, I have been to skin specialists etc but the causes are unknown. The only treatment that I have found to work is the steroid cream Elecon. I have tried numerous others and several non steroidal methods but this one is fantastic. It really stops the itch and if I manage to catch the pompholyx early enough (when I see the first signs of only a couple of blisters) and put the steroid Elecon on my hands I can actually prevent a full outbreak, so my advice would be to keep the cream with you where ever you go. Hope that helps.

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Re: Bubbles under skin of fingers - Cured?
« Reply #38 on: Saturday February 28, 2009, 08:04:14 PM »
Pompholyx - SUCCESS!  I was actually able to get rid of these silly little bubbles.

Background: Forty-ish, Overweight, Addicted to Sugary Drinks, Consume 2L / day.

The Experiment: About a year and a half ago, I decided to try and kick this sugar habit in stages.
I successfully transitioned from soda to sweet tea, still about a pitcher a day, though.

About a month after that, all the hand troubles started.  I thought I had some type of fungus
because the discoloration started growing inward from the edge of both palms near the juction of the little
finger.  The area was a slight reddish color when compared to the rest of the palms of my hands, rough,
scaly, and it contained all the little bubbles.  I noticed the bubbles always formed within the reddish area,
never outside it.  Over the course of about 6 months, these areas slowly became larger and crept across the
full width of my palms and up the underside of the fingers.  I always scratched the bubbles and drained them
instead of leaving them in place. There was very rarely any itching, just a big nuisance when shaking hands.

Over time, some areas would seem to get better, and then worse.  I tried every imaginable soak, vinegar, salt water,
bleach, strong bleach, etc. all to no avail.  I also tried numerous creams with no success.  The only things
that seemed to help the situation were the daily application of clotrimazole cream and daily washing of sheets
and pillowcases (to clear dust mites), but the bubbles still would not completely go away.

Fast-Forward:

One of my friends bought me a case of Dublin Dr. Pepper for christmas, so I gave up the tea and enjoyed these wonderful
vintage sodas during the months of December and January.

By New Year's day the bubbles were gone!  I had clean and healthy hands for the entire month of January.
I ran out of vintage soda and went back to sweet tea a couple of weeks ago, and the bubbles re-appeared last week.
I stopped the tea again, and the bubbles seemed to have stopped, although I still have a little bit of
scaly skin between two fingers where they were.

I really think it's the tea (or maybe caffeine).  If anyone else has this problem and consumes caffeine heavily,
please try doing without it and see if your problem goes away, and re-post your results for all to see.

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