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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is benign familial pemphigus (Hailey-Hailey disease)?

This is a rare, hereditary, lifelong condition where blistering rashes appear on the skin, especially in skin folds like armpits or genitals. It is caused by a gene defect in the cells helping skin cells stick together. Worsening factors include sunlight, sweat, heat and friction. It can develop at any age, but usually appear in the third or fourth decade of life.

Symptoms of benign familial pemphigus (Hailey-Hailey disease)

  • Bumps containing pus

  • Scab

Questions your doctor may ask to check for benign familial pemphigus (Hailey-Hailey disease)

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose benign familial pemphigus (Hailey-Hailey disease)

  • Do you have bumps on your skin with pus?

  • Do you have a scab?

Treatment for benign familial pemphigus (Hailey-Hailey disease)

Treatment depends on the specific symptoms experienced by an individual and their severity. Mild cases may not require medical treatment. Creams/ ointments and oral medication are commonly prescribed. Triggers such as sweating and friction should be avoided when possible.

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  • Pustule

  • Scab

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