Being forced to live with a debilitating skin condition like PV can have both lasting physical and emotional side effects. If not treated properly, the condition can even be life-threatening for certain patients, particularly those prone to infection. Learn more about this condition and the treatments available to help you treat it, schedule an appointment to meet with one of our skincare professionals to be properly worked up and then review treatment options.
What Are the Symptom of Pemphigus Vulgaris?
Pemphigus Vulgaris is an autoimmune disorder. Like other autoimmune conditions, such as Type 1 Diabetes, Graves Disease, and Lupus, the immune system mistakenly marks healthy cells for destruction. With Pemphigus Vulgaris, the immune system mislabels specific proteins in the skin and mucous membrane and attacks them, destroying the cells and causing blisters and sores to form.
Like many autoimmune conditions, the exact reason for the cell destruction is unknown, although in rare cases, the condition can be caused by certain medications such as penicillamine or ACE inhibitors.
PV is not a common condition and is found most often in middle-aged or older individuals. In about half of all cases, the condition first presents as mouth blisters, followed by recurring skin lesions with the following characteristics:
- Easily Detachable
Lesions can be found anywhere on the body, but are most typically seen on the scalp, trunk, and in the mouth.
What Can You Do to Treat this Condition?
The doctor will first examine the patient and look for a Nikolsky sign, where the surface of apparently unaffected skin is rubbed with a cotton swab or finger and easily comes away. The diagnosis is then confirmed with a biopsy and blood testing.
Like many autoimmune diseases, there is no cure for Pemphigus Vulgaris, but doctors do have many treatments available to help reduce the severity of symptoms and allow patients to live a more normal life:
- Oral antibiotics to prevent infection
- Topical Steroids to Reduce inflammation
Systemic therapy is necessary to manage the condition and control the severity of outbreaks and may include one or more of the following:
- Immunosuppressant therapy to prevent further attacks on the affected body systems.
Why Choose Schaumburg Dermatology?
Providing you with the care you need to protect your body from the damage that PV can cause is a top priority at Schaumburg Dermatology. Schedule an evaluation and see if one of the many treatments listed above can help you to live more comfortably and reduce the impact of Pemphigus Vulgaris on your daily life.
Explore Pemphigus Vulgaris Treatment at Schaumburg Dermatology
To learn more about the Pemphigus Vulgaris treatments available at Schaumburg Dermatology contact our offices at (847) 534-0700 for a consultation. We are conveniently located at 911 North Plum Grove Road in Schaumburg, IL in the Woodfield Lake Court, not far from the Sonesta Suites.