Bullous pemphigoid is a skin disorder characterized by large
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The cause is not known, but may be related to immune system disorders, certain other diseases, or use of some medications.
Bullous pemphigoid usually occurs in elderly persons and is rare in young people. Symptoms come and go. In most patients, the condition goes away within 5 years.
Some people have no symptoms. Others may have mild redness, itching and irritation.
In severe cases, they are multiple blisters, called
Other symptoms may include:
Itching Rashes Mouth sores Bleeding gums
Signs and tests
Tests that may be done to help diagnose this condition include:
Skin lesion biopsy
Powerful anti-inflammatory medicines called corticosteroids may be prescribed. Some corticosteroids are taken by mouth, while others require a shot (injection). In persons with early forms of the disease, corticosteroid creams may be used.
Your doctor may prescribe
Antibiotics in the tetracycline family may be useful in mild cases.
Bullous pemphigoid usually responds well to treatment. Most patients stop taking medicine after several years. The disease sometimes returns after treatment is stopped.
Skin infection is the most common complication.
Calling your health care provider
Call your doctor for an appointment if you have:
Unexplained blisters on your skin
An itchy rash that continues despite home treatment