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Blisters/bumps on hand! Help please!

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  • Posted By: ElliottG
  • May 22, 2011
  • 06:10 PM


A few days ago (Thursday night) I started to scratch the ***l out of my hand in the night for whatever reason (maybe I got bitten by something?), and woke up in the morning to see my hand was missing skin off it.

The following day, Friday, bumps started to come up on my hand. Here's the pictures...they speak for themselves.

Here is the album for all the pics I took: http://starholdest.imgur.com/hand#Ex55k

As you can see from the pics between my two fingers is where I scratched all the skin off during the night. This doesn't hurt that much even though it looks painful.

I have no clue what the other red bump is in the middle of my hand, but when it was bigger (last night), it was oozing a clear liquid out of it. Today during the day it would leak down my hand, but instead of being clear it was like a yellowish color...pretty gross!

The bump and pimple looking thing near my thumb. I have no idea what these are but they really hurt! The big one is the later stage of the little one beside it. The little one beside it only started to get bigger this afternoon. The bigger one was like the smaller one and grew and grew to the size it is now and then it "deflated"; still pretty painful.

And finally, between my middle finger and my left ring finger (left hand), and between my midddle finger and right ring finger (right hand), you can see the skin is red and it seems like there are some blisters or pimples starting there as well.

I bought some neosporin/polysporin stuff today and was putting it on but have stopped doing that about 2 hours ago. The active ingredients in the stuff are:

Bacitracin 500 units - First aid antibiotic
Neomycin 3.5mg - First aid antibiotic
Polymyxin-B 10,000 units - First aid antibiotic
Pramoxine HCl 10mg - External analgesic

Argh...what do you guys think? I have no idea what to do and it seems these bumps are sprouting up everywhere...and they hurt like ***l!

Could this be poison ivy? They are not itchy and I have no other symptoms.


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  • Elliott, it's been a few days and it looks as though no one has an answer for you.Have you figured out what it is? It looks nasty! :(
    Ankhorite 8 Replies Flag this Response
  • Elliott, it's been a few days and it looks as though no one has an answer for you.Have you figured out what it is? It looks nasty! :(Thanks for posting.No I have not and it has gotten a lot worse.I was treating it for poison ivy and it wasn't helping so I switched treatment to a cream for ringworm and still no improvement...:(I have an appointment tomorrow at 2:30 I'll post what the doctor says tomorrow...this sucks!
    ElliottG 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • I'm not a doc, but it absolutely does not look like ringworm or scabies to me.I lean towards some kind of plant blister, but not poison ivy. Maybe you handled comfrey? or some other ferocious herb?Hope the doc can figure it out and that you'll post the results.
    Ankhorite 8 Replies Flag this Response
  • Just posting a little update to this thread...After taking these pictures it got much worse.It turned out to be a staph infection. I got some antibiotics from my doctor and it has cleared up well. Pain disappeared very quickly after taking the antibiotics.
    ElliottG 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for coming back to the thread with the final answer, Elliott.I'm glad you're all better now. :)
    Ankhorite 8 Replies Flag this Response
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