These are pockets of fluids that form under the superficial layer of the skin. They are usually painless and can occur anywhere in the body but are mostly found on the hands and feet.

They are usually caused by friction to the skin, heat, chemicals that touch the skin and some medical conditions like impetigo.


It is usually painless however in some cases it could get infected or bleed which in this case it would be painful.


They would normally resolve on their own and it usually takes about 5-7 days. They tend to get reabsorbed by the body and a new skin grows underneath. If infected, you would need antibiotics to help and in some rare cases might need a surgical review.

Self-help tips

Most times it would resolve on its own.

Avoid pinching or pricking the blister as it could lead to an infection.

Warm compress could help and covering it with a plaster could also help.

Wearing comfortable shoes, using gloves when handling chemicals to prevent contact.

When do you get in touch with Sandsclinic?

If it does not get better within a week or hurts, we might want to have a look to make sure it is as simple as it should be. Remember we can prescribe antibiotics if needed.