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water blister on leg

Postby cherie22001 » Sun Jun 29, 2008 3:43 pm

Hi Everyone
Today I noticed a big water blister on my right leg. I never had one before and i was so worried. I opened it with a sterile needle and alot of fluid came out. I then dabbed it with alcohol and put antibiotic cream on it. Is this a common symptom of LE? Did I treat it correctly and also what is all the clear fluid (looked like water) that came out? Thank you for any advice and replies...cherie
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Re: water blister on leg

Postby patoco » Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:43 pm

Hey Cherie :)

Oh dear, I always recommend not popping those blisters as you open up an possible entry area for bacteria, plus you may have continual draining of lymphorrhea.

http://www.lymphedemapeople.com/thesite ... orrhea.htm

That's the liquid that drains out.

The important thing now is to make sure it doesn't continue to drain. How is it looking now and are you wrapping the leg?

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Re: water blister on leg

Postby cherie22001 » Sun Jun 29, 2008 11:38 pm

Hi Pat
Thank you for your reply. I am so nervous from this. I just did not know what to do. Anyways i did put antibiotic cream on it and a bandage called a healing bandage. It looks reddish but I dont see anymore liquid coming out. I am so careful and I wear compression stockings everyday and have no idea why this happened to me. If this does not heal I may have to go the ER in my town but I pray when I wake up tomorrow it will be better. Have you ever had one of these? I need to believe it will heal and being diabetic I worry evenmore. Thank you again and also for the site. cherie
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Re: water blister on leg

Postby patoco » Mon Jun 30, 2008 5:37 am

Hi Cherie :)

Very relieved to hear that no more fluid is draining. Sometimes those spots can drain endlessly.

Just keep putting the antibiotic ointment on it, keep it wrap and it will probably be ok. The compression is really important to help it heal.

The most important thing is to keep it from being infected.

I think just about all of us with LE have had some type of bubble, or blister like that.

There is also a vascular growth that can accompany LE. It called a papillomatosis. These look like a bubble and they can drain also. But they are tougher (skin wise) then a regular blister. Those usually come though with late stage 2 or stage 3 LE.

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Re: water blister on leg

Postby cherie22001 » Mon Jun 30, 2008 8:36 am

thanks dear Pat
This bubble was soft and alot of liquid came out of it. It burned me alot alos afterwards. I was able to get an appointment with a doctor this afternoon and I will go because pershaps I need anitibiotic pills...I am not sure. This is the first time this happened to me like this and it worried me so much. I am keeping the area very clean and bandages also. I hope all is well with you and thank you again so much. cherie (by the compression stockings help alot and make me feel so much better...I just ordered another pair)
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Re: water blister on leg

Postby cherie22001 » Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:32 pm

Hi again Pat
I went to the doctor today and apparently there is still fluid seeping. He treated it with an anitbiotic wound powder and cream and a special clear plastic over it. He told me to try and keep my leg elevated to stop the weeping but that is hard to do all day. He did say that it is not infected which was a great relief to hear. He asked me how I thought this came about and I have no idea..I can only assume ti resulted from the swelling in my leg. This is all so frightening and I pray it will heal. Thank you again for your replies...cherie
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Re: water blister on leg

Postby patoco » Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:44 pm

Thanks for the update Cherie. :)

One thing you might try and do it a wrapping technique I learned from a wound doctor.

Put baby diaper ointment (with zinc) over the wound. Then put sterile gauze pads over the weeping area.

Wrap the leg with rolled gauze..using a figure eight. Then top that off with a short stretch bandage, again using a figure eight.

I am so relieved to hear there is no infection...that's a super plus!!!

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Re: water blister on leg

Postby cherie22001 » Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:56 pm

Thanks dear Pat
I was actually surprised when he said it wasn;t infected because it looks raw and pink. I will do as you suggested here and I hope that will help me too. Thanks again..it means so much to me..cherie
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Re: water blister on leg

Postby cherie22001 » Sat Aug 02, 2008 2:29 pm

Dear Pat
I just read my last post to you and find myself so depressed and low today. My leg never stopped leaking. The doctor sent me to a nursing station where they bandage my leg each day. They use 2 foam pads and then wrap it. It doent leak through my compression stocking anymore but neither is it healing. Today the nurse told me that it is not getting better but it is not getting worse. I just broke down crying because it doesn't seem to end. I am afraid it will not heal. I am also a type 1 diabetic so I am very fearful. All th enurses told me that eventually it will heal. I wear the stockings everyday and I just don't know what to do anymore. The wound looks terrible to me. Do you think this will heal eventually? cherie
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Re: water blister on leg

Postby joanne johnson » Sat Aug 02, 2008 3:26 pm

Hi Cherie,

I hate to disappoint you as I am just another member of this forum. Things always look worse to us than it does to the professionals. You are doing all that you can and following their directions. I know these wounds can be very stubborn about healing. You just have to be as patient as you can be and I guarantee that it will heal.

I hate to see you worry so much. You are doing a great job :) . So just hang in there, you are not alone. Let us know how you progress. Good luck!
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Re: water blister on leg

Postby cherie22001 » Sat Aug 02, 2008 5:14 pm

Hi JOanne
Thnak you so much for your kind words. I always seem to be in fear. I never had a wound like this before and the fact that it is not healing is making things worse for me. I will try to be more patient and hopefully I will get lucky. Thanks again. cherie
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Re: water blister on leg

Postby patoco » Sun Aug 03, 2008 6:50 am

Hey Cherie :)

Don't let Joanne kid ya...she is more then "just a member." She has solid experience and knowledge and I would like to just second what she said.

These wounds can be frustrating - I had one that took a loooooong time to heal, but it finally did.

Just keep doing what you are doing :wink:

:arrow: and don't worry so much, you're gonna be fine :!: :!:

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Re: water blister on leg

Postby cherie22001 » Sun Aug 03, 2008 9:48 am

Those words mean so much to me Pat. Thank you so much. I am trying so hard and yesterday the nurse measured the wound and she said it is not getting better but it is not getting worse. I just broke down and cried so hearing this means alot. I thank you both. cherie
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Re: water blister on leg

Postby joanne johnson » Sun Aug 03, 2008 5:30 pm

Dear Pat,

Thank you for your kind words. I wish that I knew a fraction of what you know. I need to depend on the kindness of others too. I was blessed with a calm, easy going nature (most of the time) so I like to share this with others who can benefit. We are all in this together and for each other. We have all learned so much from you and I thank you. Hang in there, even if it by a thread.
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Re: water blister on leg

Postby cherie22001 » Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:26 pm

I am with you Joann as Pat as helped me so much and I am so grateful for her. I feel so alone with this and her kindness and encouragement keep me going. I truly bless her. cherie
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Re: water blister on leg

Postby joanne johnson » Sun Aug 03, 2008 9:39 pm

Hi Cherie,

I am glad that you are feeling a bit more assured that things will work out. You can trust Pat more than anyone else. If he tells you something, you know he knows what he is talking about. Best wishes for a speedy recovery :)
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Re: water blister on leg

Postby cherie22001 » Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:43 pm

Thanks again Joanne,..oops...I thought Pat was a woman not knowing he is a man...thank you for correcting me. I am still worried but praying so much it will heal. I have never had anything like this before and have no idea where it came from..perhaps from the swellin gin my legs..not sure. Thank you again...cherie
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Re: water blister on leg

Postby WCALOIA » Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:43 am

I have an area the on my calf musle with a section of very raw skin that weeps all the time. I developed lymphedema after a doctor performed a meniscectomy on my knee. Now my insteps are so swollen, I have to wear a size 17 shoe. Anyway, I have been treating an area that a 4 x4 " gauze pad barely covers with Neosporin and a gauze pad then wrap the leg from ankle to knee with an ace wrap. The problem I have is that even with no-stick pads, they stick to the area and "pinch" so bad I have to remove the whole thing and leave it open. I have no insurance so I cannot see any doctor let alone a specialist.

Any ideas?
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Re: water blister on leg

Postby patoco » Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:48 am

Hey Wcaloia

Super welcome to our family :!: :!: :!:

I have a couple thoughts I wanted to share.

First, have you been to a lymphedema treatment therapist? That would be your best bet to do for the overall condition and they may be able to help on that weeping area as well.

On the weeping area try using a zinc oxide ointment as the zinc is especially helpful in getting skin to heal. The neo is good for helping prevent infection, but it really doesn't do anything in terms of skin healing up and closing. Also, try getting some shrot stretch bandages instead of using the ace wraps. They give better compression then an ace wrap.

Here's a page on them:

Short Stretch Bandages are for Lymphedema

http://www.lymphedemapeople.com/wiki/do ... lymphedema

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