Painful tiny bumps on fingers

Painful tiny bumps on fingers

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Ann

Rhinelander, WI

#1 Jul 7, 2011
For months now I've had these tiny bumps come and go on my fingers and palms of my hands. They are NOT itchy, but painful (kind of feels like a splinter), especially when they're on the pads of my finger and they get pressed on. They are flesh-colored with a tiny red dot in the center. Sometimes they dry up a bit before going away, other times they just gradually disappear. Any idea what they are?

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Kelly

San Diego, CA

#2 Aug 16, 2011
The exact same thing has been happening to me for about a year now. I haven't found out what it is. Have you?

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Ann

Crandon, WI

#3 Aug 16, 2011
Nope. :( I suppose I should go to a dermatologist...
rbam

Longview, TX

#4 Nov 28, 2011
Did anyone get an answer to this?
Ann

Rhinelander, WI

#5 Nov 28, 2011
No, and mine actually went away. I had a few come back, then go away, and they haven't been back again. The only thing I can think of was that it was some sort of contact allergy; something outside I touched when doing yardwork throughout the summer. That's just a guess, though. Not sure since they were not itchy.

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rbam

United States

#6 Nov 28, 2011
That is odd. I just started getting a couple, here and there on my right hand, a few months ago. I'm a stay at home mom and haven't really been in anything out of the ordinary. But it is just as you described: painful like a splinter, not itchy and has a tiny red spot in them.
Atul88

Mumbai, India

#7 Nov 29, 2011
Same deal here. I used to have them since i was around 7 years old. Now I am 23. But it comes rarely now. Right now I have one on my thumb. Looks White little Bump. And feeling on my other fingers too. Just want to point it out that don't scratch it or do nothing silly with them. They come & go away. At the Early age i used to have them between my every finger (Both hands & Foot). And that felt really bad. But as i have grown older, they are not that much.
Ann

Rhinelander, WI

#8 Nov 29, 2011
rbam, I'm a stay at home mom, too. Maybe we're allergic to changing diapers. :D

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rbam

United States

#9 Nov 29, 2011
Ann, WE HAVE DETERMINED THE ANSWER! lol

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Belinda

Balwyn North, Australia

#10 Dec 17, 2011
Hi guys I've been getting this for years and have been told by a few doctors it's just dermatitis. Keep your hands moisturised and don't over wash your hands

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jewels

Richmond, VA

#11 Feb 12, 2012
The small blisters you describe, filled with clear fluid are a form of dermatitis called pompholyx, also known as vesicular eczema (a vesicle is small fluid filled sac). Pompholyx is the preferred term, it means bubble in Latin and the blisters very often look like little bubbles.

This particular type of eczema only seems to occur on the hands and feet.

The condition comes and goes over time, nobody really knows what causes it. Moisture, detergents and chemicals can all aggravate it. I have seen many cases where the popmpholyx develops or worsens after stress.

In some people there appears to be an allergic tendency, and in some cases nickel sensitivity can be the cause, so avoid cheap nickel coated rings, watches and jewelry.

Mild cases usually resolve themselves, though sometimes nightly cortisone based creams can help relieve the itching that often, but not always, accompanies pompholyx. If it worsens or gets too itchy see your family physician.

Severe cases are fairly rare, and often require stronger steroid creams, and occasionally oral steroids (prednisolone or similar).

Breaking the blisters can be difficult as they are quite small and the skin over them is quite thick. It is not a good thing to do as the broken blisters can become infected and painful.

Basic management involves avoiding exposure to skin irritants (wear good gloves when doing the dishes) and keeping the hands moisturized. Cool compresses can help when the blisters are itchy.

If your case is mild, it will settle without treatment over a few days or weeks (and may not come back for months or years). It's a good idea to see your family doctor if you're worried.
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There are some good pictures here, http://dermnetnz.org/dermatitis/pompholy
and the information provided is not too technical.

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FALI00

Kissimmee, FL

#12 May 4, 2012
I have these tiny bumps on my left index finger. They have appeared one at a time, and hurt very badly when I touch them. They feel like there is a splinter in them, but there is no little dark colored mark in them. They do not look like a blister, but just a tiny bump. I have not noticed any discoloration - they are the same color as my hand. I picked at them, with a needle and pair of tweezers, thinking it might be a sliver of glass - but there was nothing in there that came out.Then I tried mashing it from underneith the bump to force out whatever was in there, but nothing came out an it still hurt when I rubbed my other finger over it.

What the heck are these? I've only had one seed wart on the bottom of my foot, near my toes, once in my life. These bumps do not open up like a seed wart does. Please help.

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CCH

Etobicoke, Canada

#13 May 12, 2012
Hi Falioo, I think what you are describing is what everyone above has been stating. It's a form of eczema. See your doctor who may prescribe a cortisone cream to put on for the occasional flare-ups. Additionally, you may find relief with Benadryl cream.
Samantha

Wheeling, WV

#14 Jun 13, 2012
I too have been getting these bumps/ blisters. They are not clear and are deep under the skin. Feels like I have a sliver of glass under them. Can be very painful. Which makes me think it is not Pompholyx. They are flesh colored and do get swollen and red with a dark red spot in the middle. Sometimes I may only get one or two on the sides of my fingers, but at other times I can get upwards of 10 or so on both the sides of my fingers, fingertips, and up around my nails (those are really painful). Happens more on my right hand then my left most of the time.

So after about a year of just letting it ride out, I went to a dermatologist who did, I believe, a shave biopsy of one of the blisters and after about a two weeks (nervous) wait, I got a call back saying it came back as a skin irritation. They didn't tell me what the cause of the irritation was, but they prescribed me a steroid creme called Colbetasol, which doesn't seem to help. If anyone has any insight as to what this might be, please let me know. I hope we can figure out what all of this is.

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ralph

UK

#15 Jun 16, 2012
Ive got these two has anyone even had a diagnosis yet? I have around 10 across both hands only on fingers not on palms, it IS NOT POMPLOXY or whatever you call it those are tiny water blisters which i had when i was young constantly working on oily bikes, contact dermititis, these are painful red bumps, almost like the start of a wart and similar looking but flat with the pain of a splinter, there must be someone who has had a diagnosis, its coning to the point where i cant hold. Pen properly....
Dr j contractor

Thornaby, UK

#16 Jun 17, 2012
Check out endocarditis, oslers nodes are symptomatic with the spots you are referring other signs include fatigue and night sweats immediate blood cultures are needed along with ECG and anti biotic treatment see your gp, go do it now

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mike

Youngstown, OH

#17 Jun 18, 2012
I had the same problems as stated, minus the fluid and such. I read this board prior to being diagnosed with hand foot and mouth disease. I'm 32 and it affects 5 year olds, commonly. I guess I drank from the wrong public fountain. But yeah, viral infection.
ann

Rhinelander, WI

#18 Jun 18, 2012
Mine eventually went away. I never went to a dermatologist. It takes like 6 months to get in there so by the time my appointment would have come, it was gone.
-animal

Acton, MA

#19 Jun 28, 2012
I get them and I'm a teen, they are from stress. They are really ugly though when they are I'm to light. Ew.
audreybieber

Morristown, NJ

#20 Jul 1, 2012
rbam wrote:
Did anyone get an answer to this?
i have the same thing and im going to the dermatologist in a couple of days

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