Lets face facts- eczema is not nice to look at, not for the person who has it or for other people looking at that person. Many people with the skin disorder feel very self-conscious about their appearance. Sometimes blisters and bubbles can develop due to allergies and inflammation of the skin. This is most commonly seen in the cases of those individuals who suffer with allergic contact eczema (sometimes referred to as allergic contact dermatitis) and irritant contact eczema.
Eczema is defined as, “A form of dermatitis, which is a skin irritation, characterized by red, flaky skin, sometimes with cracks or tiny blisters. These blisters may also look like bubbles just below the surface of the skin.” Dryness and itching are the two greatest enemies of this skin condition therefore keeping skin well moisturized at all times are paramount to reducing flare-ups.
Contact eczema (or contact dermatitis) takes place when the skin touches something that irritates it and puts into motion an allergic reaction. This can occur as a result of close contact with harsh detergents, latex, solvents, chemicals, nickel or specific plants, for example, poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac.
The inflammation that results because of the allergic reaction could cause the blister(s) and/or bubbling of the skin. Sometimes an autoimmune disease occurs due to contact eczema which causes blisters to appear on the skin. Autoimmune disease is when your own body turns on itself and attacks your skin. Why this happens is unknown.
Blisters and Bubbles
A blister is defined as, “A bubble of fluid under the skin. The clear, watery liquid inside a blister is called serum. It leaks in from neighboring tissues as a reaction to injured skin. If the blister remains unopened, serum can provide natural protection for the skin beneath it. Small blisters are called vesicles.
Those larger than half an inch are called bullae. A blood blister is filled with blood, rather than serum.” Allergic contact dermatitis and irritant contact dermatitis are the two types of eczema that do often cause blisters. Most of the other kinds dont bring about blisters.
The most common symptoms of unsightly eczema flare-ups include a rash, very dry, raw and itchy skin as well as skin that is red, flaky and inflamed. At its most severe, eczema can cause crusty, scaly and cracked skin that can weep fluid or bleed. Not only is this unsightly but it can be very painful as well. Infants most commonly develop patchy rashes on these parts of their body- their face, knees and elbows.
Older children and teenagers are likely to develop an unsightly and itchy eczema rash on the sides of their neck, their hands and wrists, inside the elbows, behind the knees and the ankles. Finally, adults experience eczema rashes most often on their neck, hands, arms and legs. While it is less common for adults to develop eczema on their face, it does happen sometimes.
It can never be emphasized too much- in order to fight the unsightliness of eczema and to discourage flare-ups, it is of utmost importance to moisturize your skin twice a day and be completely committed to doing so on a regular basis. Hydrated skin is the healthiest of skin.
Dry skin on the other hand is more likely to crack or break, especially when it is itched. Whatever you do, dont let your skin get parched and lose moisture. Moisturize it as much as possible, and while you are at it, moisturize yourself on the inside as well by drinking plenty of purified water every day.