Blisters With Other Signs of Illness
Blisters can sometimes develop from an illness or a toxic reaction. Symptoms of a serious illness can include:
- Shaking chills or fever.
- Muscle or joint aches.
- A moderate to severe headache.
- A vague sense of illness (malaise).
- Abdominal cramping.
- Nausea or vomiting.
Blisters may appear with a viral infection, such as Reference chickenpox Opens New Window or Reference shingles Opens New Window, or after a bite from a poisonous spider, such as a Reference brown recluse Opens New Window, or following a tick bite. Blisters may also occur as a symptom of a toxic reaction to a medicine. This reaction is called Reference Stevens-Johnson syndrome Opens New Window.
Your blister or blisters may not be related to another illness. You may have picked up a viral illness, such as the Reference flu Opens New Window, at the same time you got a blister. It could be a coincidence that the blister and signs of illness appeared at the same time.
You have a greater risk of developing an infection and complications from a blister if you also have other conditions, such as Reference diabetes Opens New Window or Reference peripheral arterial disease Opens New Window.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: April 21, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine