Blistering Diseases – Pemphigus Foliaceus
Pemphigus Foliaceus is a blistering skin disease that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices. Clinically, patients experience fragile bullae (blisters) which quickly rupture and form a crusted scale. The chest and back are commonly affected areas and Pemphigus Foliaceus almost always spares the oral cavity. It is most common in middle aged adults and most patients are healthy as this blistering disease is much less severe than Pemphigus Vulgaris. The treatment of Pemphigus Foliaceus is immunosuppressive medications with prednisone and other immunomodulatory agents as well as removal of any eliciting agents such as antihypertensives.