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#28472 - 06/07/12 01:57 AM Help for blister formations on feet (Pictures)
Zaraf Offline
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Registered: 06/06/12
Posts: 3
Loc: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
I have XLI, and during my childhood, I had the hard scales on my knees and elbows and some of the other markings along the body. These seemed to go away as I got older, and now I'm 29. A few months ago though, I've noticed that I seem to be getting these blister like formations on my hands and feet. Most prominent is on my feet. They are filled with white water/puss, and if I break them open, then they often leave open sores that hurt quite a bit. I have no idea why these have started, and they cause an intense itching, especially at night.

I have some pictures to help explain the problem. For those who are sensitive to viewing such pictures, I advise you to avoid them since they could be considered disturbing.

These are what my feet look like normally:
Right Foot

Left Foot

It's hard to see the blisters like this. However, when I wash my feet in hot water, then my skin turns red and it's easier to see the white blisters. My right foot is quite a bit worse than my left foot:

Does anyone know some way to prevent these or even WHY they've started happening? I never had these before. The condition of my hands are quite bad now too and the itching is always very intense. I often end up scratching until I bleed.

Thanks for any help!
Born in 1983 with X-Linked Ichthyosis.

#28479 - 06/12/12 06:26 PM Re: Help for blister formations on feet (Pictures) [Re: Zaraf]
Glori Offline


Registered: 08/14/00
Posts: 499
Loc: Elk Rapids, Michigan
I go through bouts of this kind of thing myself, but it's usually from the heat i.e. wearing sweat socks and it's a hot day. My feet will itch pretty bad and when I take my socks off, I have those white water blisters. I usually get a couple of really large ones and not small rashy ones like you seem to have. I wish I had a better answer for you...

#28487 - 06/20/12 08:42 PM Re: Help for blister formations on feet (Pictures) [Re: Zaraf]
KarenM Offline

Registered: 11/07/08
Posts: 35
Loc: Reading, UK
My daughter got a lot of blisters when she had a skin infection - but then her type of ichthyosis already comes with blisters and they didn't look like yours. A course of antibiotics stopped them forming, so it might be worth investigating.

#28504 - 07/04/12 09:24 AM Re: Help for blister formations on feet (Pictures) [Re: Zaraf]
Brigadier Offline
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Registered: 07/04/12
Posts: 4
I've gotten that a few times and I'm pretty sure it was from the heat. The worst was when I went for a run mid-afternoon when it was about 30 degrees. My poor tummy, chest and legs broke out into that kind of blistery rash. Took almost 2 weeks to clear up! (I now stick to the mornings and evenings for my workouts without an issue) I don't think it was necessarily the sun that did it, but rather the fact that I was sweating so much. I've learnt that it's best to keep the skin as sweat-free as I can in the summer, especially the with feet(I live in a humid area as well). Maybe try rubbing baby powder on your feet before you put your socks on? Or you can try changing your footwear. I only wear sandals in the summer to prevent sweat build-up. At work, I've stopped wearing socks with my shoes and guess what? No more blisters! You can also try those non-cotton, moister-wicking athletic socks. I find that those really help.

I hope this helps!

#28514 - 07/09/12 01:15 AM Re: Help for blister formations on feet (Pictures) [Re: Zaraf]
Chandra Offline

Registered: 11/20/00
Posts: 707
Loc: Grants Pass, OR
I have Lamellar, but if not for the difference in foot size, my feet and yours look very similar! I don't get blisters but I do get a lot of cracks during winter & summer, especially if the weather is severe.

I'm assuming you do something to both moisturize and exfoliate your feet. I've found that preventing my feet from drying out so that I don't have to exfoliate is the best course to preventing problems. I've also found that natural ingredient based moisturizers tend to be far more effective than most of the stuff that's got acid components (Amlactin, etc.) or petroleum bases. Have you investigated using cocoa or shea butter? I'm pretty wild for Palmer's Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E balm but it's expensive. My skin soaks it up instead of having it just sit on top thus it's a much more effective moisturizer though it means I do have to apply 1-3 coats before I can put on socks or shoes.

I don't know how to prevent the blisters since I don't get them but I'm curious if friction is part of the problem. Does friction irritate your palms and soles? It does for me. You might laugh at my next suggestion but I figure it can't hurt to share. I have found that wearing hand knit socks makes a HUGE difference. Because I knit them to fit my feet, there's less friction and for the past three years, I've managed to avoid having any cracks and splitting. I suspect some might think "hand knit socks will help" is a ridiculous answer, but the difference between something that's created to fit you versus one size fits most is dramatic. Thus in all seriousness, I recommend you learn to knit or you bribe someone to knit for you. I'm still busy trying to knit enough socks for myself so that I don't have wear store-bought ever again.

Also, you will want to wear shoes with the absolute best support for your foot that you can find/afford. I have high arches, thus I make sure I wear shoes with lots of arch support otherwise that can cause my soles to split, too.

I hope some of this at least gives you ideas.
I am female, and was born in 1972 with Lamellar Ichthyosis.


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