Understanding Blistering Skin Disease

Most people have had a blister from friction or a burn. However, when blisters form without an obvious cause, it can be a sign of a blistering skin disease. These skin disorders are autoimmune diseases that can cause blistering of the skin or mucus membranes, often without a cure. However, it is important to have these disorders diagnosed and treated to avoid further complications.

Blistering skin diseases are autoimmune in nature, meaning the body is attacking itself. In the case of blistering skin diseases, the antibodies in the body mistakenly attack proteins in the skin, causing a blistering of the skin. Some blistering skin diseases include Pemphigus, Pemphigoid and Epidermolysis Bullosa Acquista. Although these skin disorders are rare, they can be very serious if not treated. In some cases, these diseases can even be fatal, so it is critical that treatment is started as soon as possible.

Most blistering skin diseases start small and begin to spread. They can be in one small area such as on the inside of your mouth or begin covering large portions of your skin with lesions. Because of the dangerous nature of some of these diseases, it is imperative that anyone who has a blister or skin formation that is abnormal seeks a diagnosis. If it is a blistering skin disease, there are treatments available that can help control the disorder.

Blistering skin diseases can be treated by a dermatologist that specializes in medical disorders that affect the skin. If you or someone you know has blistering skin that does not appear to have a cause, consult a medical dermatologist for further investigation into the origin of the disorder.

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