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3 yo has what looks like blisters on both of her heels.

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My three year old granddaughter has redness and what looks like blisters on both of her heels. She says they itch. What could this be?

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replied April 7th, 2015
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Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out. Your concern is regarding the itchy blisters on soles of feet of your granddaughter.

The commonest cause of sudden appearance of redness and itchy blisters on the sole of foot is contact dermatitis or allergy. Other than that it can be due to viral infection like hands, foot and mouth disease which is fairly common in children. A blister-like rash on the hands, feet and in the mouth usually develops one to two days after fever and sore throat. Just check out if your granddaughter is having any of these symptoms.

Other than that fungal infection and dyshidrotic eczema or pompholyx should also be ruled out. Pompholyx presents as itchy blisters on the hands, fingers and toes which may peel, crack or crust.

Treatment is diagnosis specific and to confirm the diagnosis, I suggest you to get it evaluated from a pediatrician. Till that time, you can apply calamine lotion on the heels and make her wear cotton socks.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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