Bullous Pemphigoid

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Learn more about Bullous Pemphigoid and how West Dermatology can help.
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About Bullous Pemphigoid

What is It?

Bullous pemphigoid is a rare skin autoimmune condition that affects fewer than 20,000 Americans, usually over the age of 60. It is characterized by mild-to-severe inflammation and/or large, fluid-filled blisters that develop on or around areas that you frequently flex or fold, including the armpits, lower abdomen, and groin. However, it’s not uncommon for blisters to develop in your mouth or on your arms, legs, and chest. Symptoms vary from person to person; you may have experience intense itching while others may have hive-like rashes or fluid-filled blisters.
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About Bullous Pemphigoid

What Causes It?

While it’s not altogether clear what causes your immune system to attack the skin in such a way, medications like sulfasalazine and penicillin have been found to trigger the body’s autoimmune response. It’s also believed that UV light for treatment of other skin conditions could be responsible for the condition.
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About Bullous Pemphigoid

Common Treatments

Although there is no known cure for bullous pemphigoid, our skin experts have the experience and training to help manage this condition. Some of our treatment options include corticosteroids, immune system-suppressing medicines, and various anti-inflammatory treatments.
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Our Approach & Expertise

We understand that an unusual skin condition like bullous pemphigoid can impact you both physically and psychologically. As your community skin specialists, we’re here to provide encouragement, strength, and answers to all your questions about this particular skin problem. We’ll be by your side each step of the way, from diagnosis and prognosis to treatment and management of this skin issue.

Healthy skin is our passion, so contact us today if you notice symptoms of bullous pemphigoid so that we can help you manage this unpredictable and often painful condition. Our compassionate neighborhood staff is ready to answer your questions and address your concerns so that you can lean on us as a crucial part of your support in dealing with this disorder.
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