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What is pemphigus vulgaris?

What is pemphigus vulgaris?

An immune skin Dx.: It is an autoimmune skin disease with many new treatment options. ...Read more

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Dr. Lindsay Strowd
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Pemphigus (Definition)

Pemphigus is a group of rare autoimmune skin conditions characterized by blistering lesions in the skin and mucosal membranes such ...Read more


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What is the pemphigus vulgaris?

Pemphigus: Pemphigus vulgaris is an autoimmune disorder that involves blistering and sores (erosions) of the skin and mucus membranes.The immune system produces antibodies against specific proteins in the skin and mucus membranes. These antibodies break the bonds between skin cells. This leads to the formation of a blister. The exact cause is unknown. Sometimes pemphigus is caused by certain medications, . ...Read more

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Is pemphigus associated with cancer?

Is pemphigus associated with cancer?

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 skin only and 3) paraneoplastic pemphagus that occurs in association with cancer; typically a lymphoma. Not all lymphomas have pemphigus reactions and not all pemphigus has an associated cancer. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for pemphigus?

What is the treatment for pemphigus?

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 upon the individual's response & tolerance. All of these medications have potentially significant adverse effects so management by an expert in this disease and in using these drugs is vitally important. What's best for one is not best for another. ...Read more

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What is the cause of pemphigus vulgaris ?

What is the cause of  pemphigus vulgaris ?

Unknown: P.V. Is an autoimmune disease in which antibodies have been formed to proteins that bind skin cells together. As a result, bonds between cells are easily disrupted; a clinical finding referred to a nikolsky's sign in which skin blisters can be created by rubbing the skin. P.V. Typically causes skin and mucous membrane sores. Treatment typically begins with oral steroids and other immunosuppresants. ...Read more

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Which foods are prohibited in pemphigus vulgaris?

Which foods are prohibited in pemphigus vulgaris?

None: Diet is not the key to managing pemphigus. It is difficult enough to have this without people telling what to eat or criticizing your food choices. ...Read more

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Pemphigus vulgaris .How do you protect your blistered skin?

Pemphigus vulgaris .How do you protect your blistered skin?

Pemphigus: The blistered skin can be protected from infection by careful attention to hygiene. Applying vaseline and covering the blisters with a bandage may also be helpful. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine to treat pemphigus? Mestinon (pyridostigmine)?

What is the best medicine to treat pemphigus? Mestinon (pyridostigmine)?

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 upon the individual's response & tolerance. All of these medications have potentially significant adverse effects so management by an expert in this disease and in using these drugs is vitally important. What's best for one is not best for another. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine to treat pemphigus. I have heard about mestinon (pyridostigmine) working?

What is the best medicine to treat pemphigus.  I have heard about mestinon (pyridostigmine) working?

Pemphigus: Phemphigus vulgaris is a potentially fatal autoimmune mucocutaneous blistering disease. Conventional therapy consists of high-dose corticosteroids, imminosuppressove agents, and intravenous immune globulin. Studies show that the biologic Rituximab and intravenous Immune Globulin is very effective with refractory pemphigus vulgaris. Mestinon (pyridostigmine) is not as effective as rituximab. ...Read more

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Can pemphigus be hereditary?

Can pemphigus be hereditary?

Not really: Pv, pemphigus vulgaris, is not thought to be a genetic disease. However, a family history of pv might increase your risk. As of yet, no pv gene has been found that when mutated conveys the disease. ...Read more

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