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Skin Diseases :# Bullae
« on: March 27, 2018, 12:13:03 pm »
Bullae

What Are Bullae?

Bullae are fluid-filled sacs or lesions that appear when fluid is trapped under a thin layer of your skin. Bullae are similar to blisters and vesicles, with the only difference being in size.

Vesicles are about the size of the top of a pin, reaching a maximum size of about 10 millimeters in diameter. After this point, a vesicle is considered a blister. When a blister becomes larger than 1 centimeter in diameter, it is a bulla. (Bulla is the singular form of bullae.)

What Causes Bullae?

Bullae and blisters are common occurrences that can be caused by various medical and environmental factors.

Friction

One of the most common causes of bullae is friction, such as the friction that occurs from using a shovel or other tool, or rubbing against a shoe. Friction blisters appear most often on your hands and feet.

Contact Dermatitis

If you come into contact with things that irritate your skin, like latex, cosmetics, or poison ivy, you could develop a condition called contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis is an allergic reaction that also causes bullae.

Other Causes

Other potential causes of bullae and blisters include:

disorders of the skin, like impetigo
chickenpox
thermal burns, or sunburns
frostbite
trauma to your skin
Treatment: Getting Relief From Your Bullae

You should see your doctor if your bulla is causing you pain or restricts your movement at all. Do not try to burst or pop your blister on your own, since this can lead to an infection.

If you have problems with your circulation or if you have diabetes, talk to your doctor before trying to treat your bulla at home.

Home Treatment

Blisters and bullae can usually heal naturally if they are left alone.

To avoid further irritation or making your bulla worse, you can put a protective bandage over the area. A gauze pad is best since the fabric absorbs moisture while still allowing your bulla to breathe.

Try not to put pressure on the area, because this could cause your bulla to burst. However, if your bulla contains blood, it should be tightly wrapped. This will stop the bleeding.

You might try over-the-counter antiseptic ointments from your local drug store to use on your blister.

Medical Treatment

If your bulla or blister needs to be drained, you should have a doctor perform the procedure. This will lower your risk of infection.

During your visit, your doctor will likely swab the area with alcohol to remove any dirt or bacteria. Then he or she will puncture your blister using a sterile needle.

After the blister has drained completely, he or she will apply a bandage with antiseptic ointment onto the area. After a few days, you may choose to remove the skin that was covering your bullae. You can sterilize scissors with alcohol and use them remove the extra skin.

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