Bullous pemphigoid is a skin disorder. Although rare it can make one very uncomfortable. This is because of the occurrences of blisters on the skin's surface. Furthermore, there is no known cure. The best that doctors can do is to prescribe medications. They may relieve symptoms, reduce inflammation, heal the blisters, and relieve itching. There are body areas which are commonly targeted by the disease. These include the linings of the mouth, nasal passages, lower abdomen, and more.
Bullous pemphigoid usually comes with big, fluid-filled blisters. These develop primarily on body parts subjected to flexing. The lower abdomen, thighs, and armpits are usually the main targets. What causes bullous pemphigoid isn't well understood. But blisters occur mainly because of a malfunction in the immune system. Certain medications can even trigger the disease. Bullous pemphigoid is most common with older people 60 and above.
The disease usually starts with a red, itchy rash which could last for weeks or months. Then large, itchy blisters which contain fluid usually appear on the red patches. They appear just beneath the skin's surface. The blisters which contain some blood are thick and don't rupture easily. However, ruptured blisters are sensitive and painful. Treatment at this point usually involves antibiotics, either creams or ointments. Using this treatment is advisable to prevent further infections. There are several antibiotics available which your doctor may recommend.
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