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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is bullous pemphigoid?

This is a rare skin condition that causes itchy hive-like rashes and fluid filled blisters that may rupture and become infected. It is an autoimmune condition caused by the body's immune cells and antibodies attacking its own cells. It is more common in older people (above 60 years old) but can sometimes occur in younger people. The condition usually improves within 5 years.

Symptoms of bullous pemphigoid

  • Skin blisters that break easily

  • Blisters

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

Questions your doctor may ask to check for bullous pemphigoid

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose bullous pemphigoid

  • Do you have blisters on your skin that can be easily torn off?

  • Do you have blisters on your skin?

  • Do you have red skin or red spots on the skin?

Treatment for bullous pemphigoid

Bullous pemphigoid is treated with immune suppressing medication, as well as other medication, like antibiotics if infection has occurred.

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References

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