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Tiny bubble-like appearance under skin with weeping fluid inside

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 24, 2010
  • 06:58 PM

Anyone got any ideas what this could be? I get them on one or two of my fingers very rarely and they disappear after a couple of days, but I'd like to know what it is.

I tried to take a picture, but it's too small to show up properly.

Simply, as described in the title, over a square inch or so of each affected finger.

A doctor once told me it was related to cold sores, but the only information I can find on that is on herpes whitlow, which is basically cold sores on the fingers, and these are nothing like cold sores.

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  • I have it too, it's called pompholyx. It's a type of eczema. Different things can aggravate it but it seems like nobody really knows what causes it. Fortunately mine doesn't itch, so I just leave it be and it goes away eventually (although it'll usually clear up and then "migrate" to somewhere else on my fingers/hand.) Then a few months to a year down the line it'll pop back up again for no apparent reason. :P
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 28, 2010
    • 08:55 AM
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  • I've got atopic dermatitis as well so that must be it.Reading about it, some suggest sweat a cause, which there might be something in. I've been sweating more over the last few days than in a long time which has coincided with an outbreak.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 28, 2010
    • 09:10 PM
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  • I've got atopic dermatitis as well so that must be it.Reading about it, some suggest sweat a cause, which there might be something in. I've been sweating more over the last few days than in a long time which has coincided with an outbreak.From what I've been reading, increased sweating, while originally thought to be the sole cause, has been disproven. I certainly haven't been sweating an awful lot, and I still have it. Personally, I think the fact that I have tomato plants may be what's causing it. Whenever it flares up is about the time of year when I start picking tomatoes, and since both tomato fruit and the plants themselves can be fairly irritating to the skin to begin with... After it flares up the first time though, it seems to be somewhat self-perpetuating, considering I still have it and I haven't picked tomatoes with my bare hands in over a month.Other things that people have cited as leading to flare-ups include increased exposure to sunlight (could also be my cause or contributing to it), handling certain foods or plants (my mother says she used to get it from handling squash, of all things!), harsh soaps, and keeping the hands moist or wearing gloves that prevent the skin from breathing properly. This could be where the original sweating hypothesis came from.I hear that bathing the effected area with a mix of baking soda and water can help clear up symptoms. I shall have to give that a try.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 11, 2010
    • 06:47 AM
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