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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Blisters: This is a cruel disease in which the patient makes antibodies against a protein that holds the skin cells together. This is one of the most serious di ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
33 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Autoimmune antibody: A glycoprotein the binds skin cells (keratinocytes) together is the reported target of auto-immune antibodies in pemphigus.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Machtinger
43 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
No: Medical genetics has not found a pemphigus gene & pemphigus does not appear to run in families. Like many diseases there are certain transplantation g ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Machtinger
43 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Biopsy: The diagnosis of pemphigus is made by history and examination of characteristic lesions on the skin or in the mouth and throat. A definitive diagnosis ... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Not yet: There is not yet a cure for pemphigus vulgaris, but the condition is controllable with immunosuppressive treatment. The usual treatment is with cortic ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience in Dermatology
Autoimmune skin: It is an autoimmune skin disease where the body makes antibodies against the cells in the top layer ofvthe skin and the skin sheds off. This must be s ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Bullous pemphigoid: Walter Lever described it in 1965. See: http://www.nature.com/milestones/skinbio3/full/skinbio20082a.html
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Blisters and ulcers: Pemphigus cause blisters/ bullae in the skin that rupture leaving behind ulcers.
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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
No help: Pemphigus is an autoimmune problem and aloe vera may not be effective in treating the lesions and not sure if it may irritate open skin. Be careful.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Srdjan Prodanovich
18 years experience in Dermatology
I do not think so: Pemphigus vulgaris (pv) is a serious chronic blistering condition that affects the skin and mucosal membranes. Although, acupuncture may help with som ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Mutnick
16 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Pemphigus: Pemphigus vulgaris is an autoimmune disorder that involves blistering and sores (erosions) of the skin and mucus membranes.The immune system produces ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
No: It is an autoimmune disease in which your body produces antibodies against your own body cells leading to organ damages if left untreated. It is not ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
Sometimes.: Sle is generally treated with good response, but unfortunately it is sometimes fatal.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Tough one: You need an experienced dermatologist that deals with immune skin diseases and these are usually found in academic centers. If your friend lives close ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Morell
28 years experience in Rheumatology
No: Is a immune based disease does not recognize self and attacks multiple organs.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
33 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Pemphigus: Pemphigus is an autoimmune disease and is not contagious. Autoimmune diseases may run in families so it could be possible for 2 members of the same fa ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
Autoimmune disease: A disease in which your body makes antibodies against your own cells. These antibodies cause destruction and inflammation which produce a wide variet ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Rubin
47 years experience in Nephrology and Dialysis
Polyarteritis causes: The answer to your question is "it may be" an auto-immune disorder. Polyarthritis is most often caused by an auto-immune disorder such as rheumatoid a ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
33 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Cancer risks: There are three types of pemphigus, 1) vulgaris that affects oral and other mucous membranes as well as the skin, 2) foliaceus that usually effects s ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience in Rheumatology
Yes, it is autommune: Vasculitis below the waste, possible renal involvement. It an autoimmune disease that can be bad. Most patients will have a short lived course.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Doubt it: There is no scientific study showing that it works, thus the answer would be no.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Overholt
25 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Yes: Dermatomyositis is an autoimmune disease that primarily attacks the muscles and skin.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
Yes: It is an inflammatory myopathy, a disease in which the immune system launches an attack on the body's muscles. The primary symptom is weakness, not pa ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience in Dermatology
Pemphigus: Phemphigus vulgaris is a potentially fatal autoimmune mucocutaneous blistering disease. Conventional therapy consists of high-dose corticosteroids, im ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
28 years experience in Pathology
Occasionally : Most patients with lichen planus do not have hiv. Some patients with HIV may develop lichen planus. Hope that this helps.
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience in Dermatology
Pemphigus: One of the newest treatments for pemphigus is rituximab. To date, application of Rituximab has been reported in 26 treatment-resistant patients with ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Machtinger
43 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
No one best medicine: Prednisone is the drug most commonly used to treat pemphigus. Other immunosuppressive agents are used either with or instead of Prednisone depending u ... Read More
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