Complete Information on Bullous Pemphigoid

By: Juliet Cohen

Bullous pemphigoid normally occurs in older persons and is uncommon in inexperienced folk. Bullous pemphigoid is a rind disease characterized by uneasy blistering eruptions on the surface of the rind. Bullous pemphigoid typically occurs in old adults. Symptoms of bullous pemphigoid include heavily, stiff blisters on the rind. The rind around the blisters may seem natural, but is frequently crimson and bloated. Itching is popular this circumstance. It can too affect the mucous membranes, and has been shown to ail dogs, cats, pigs, and horses, as easily as humans. People with BP have a somewhat high than median opportunity of developing.

Other auto-immune diseases such as pernicious anaemia, rheumatoid arthritis, and vitiligo. Treatment is focused on relief of symptoms and prevention of infection. Tetracycline and Minocycline antibiotics are very useful for mild to moderate disease. Oral steroids (prednisone, prednisolone) are the treatment of choice for severe cases. Niacin (a B complex vitamin) is sometimes given along with tetracycline. Steroids reduce inflammation and suppress the immune system. A high dose is usually needed at first. The dose is reduced once new blisters have stopped forming. A lower daily dose is usually then needed to prevent blisters forming.

Do not stop taking a corticosteroid drug suddenly. These types of drugs must be tapered off slowly under a doctor's supervision. Immunosuppressive agents are used in combination with the oral steroids to allow a lower dose. BP is a self-limiting disease that is in most cases eventually completely clears up and the treatment can be stopped. Treatment is usually needed for several years, but generally after a few months it is possible to reduce the dose of medications to reasonably low levels. There's no prevention for bullous pemphigoid. Certain drugs provoke a reaction that produces blisters similar to those of bullous pemphigoid in some people.

Conventional medical treatments may help relieve the symptoms of bullous pemphigoid but they do not address the root of the problem BP also often has a pattern of remissions and flare-ups. If you have blisters in your mouth, avoid eating hard and crunchy foods, such as chips and raw fruits and vegetables. Your skin is fragile, both from bullous pemphigoid and the medication used to treat it, so take care to prevent trauma. If you accidentally break a blister on your skin, cover it with a dry. At least 30 minutes before you head outdoors winter or summer generously apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater.

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