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My name is Alison, i'm 46 years and have had acute pompholyx all over both hands for 18 months, following a period of severe stress and anxiety. I POP BLISTERS! I disagree with pretty much everything i have been told by various dermatology consultants who have clearly never suffered from this aggravating condition. I have never had an infection from the popped the blisters despite being told time and time again that i would. When a blister pops - a little itch dies. And i defy anyone who wakes up in the morning with a hand like itching bubble wrap, not to pop a few! Especially when you feel the pop from the outside, AND from the inside - from the depths of your finger. It is this factor that makes me believe that pompholyx is not caused by allergens or anthing attacking the skin barrier. the blisters grow from deep inside - sometimes at the beginning i find the itch is is so far down i can't locate it on the outside skin, until it comes up as a blister. This is stuff trying to get out, not stuff attacking the surface. I've also been told that the stuff inside the blisters is the same as a normal skin blister. I disagree with this too - has anyone actually looked at the 2 fluids under a microscope?? Normal blisters don't itch, the fluid inside them is not sticky, and they do not have the characteristic little brown dot in the centre. They also do not develop into cluster blisters - which are like a little honeycomb of internal blisters. I am desperate for dermatoligists everywhere to stop treating pompholy like ecxzema!! I am desperate for people to start talking openly about living with this condition, and i was desperate to get that off my chest!!
best wishes and happy popping!
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