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What is the permanent cure for the auto immune skin disease called pemphigus ?

What is the permanent cure for the auto immune skin disease called pemphigus ?

Pemphigus: There are multiple immunosuppressive treatments available for the management of pemphigus. Typically treatment begins with oral steroids but commonly Dapsone or intravenous immunoglobulins are also used. Unfortunately, many autoimmune diseases must be treated by trial and error methods to find the most effective medication. ...Read more

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Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more


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Can there be any treatment for the skin disease pemphigus vulgaris?

Can there be any treatment for the skin disease pemphigus vulgaris?

Treatment : Pemphigus is often treated with topical cortisone creams (for limited disease) or oral corticosteroids for more widespread disease. Oral antibiotics have also been used. See a dermatologist to diagnose and treat the condition. ...Read more

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My father had rare, painful, disfiguring "auto-immune" skin condition called "p.R.P. What is it? (the last word "purpura")

My father had rare, painful, disfiguring "auto-immune" skin condition called "p.R.P. What is it? (the last word "purpura")

PPP: I believe the westborough patient means ppp (progressive pigmented purpura). Prp means pityriasis rubra pilaris, a form of psoriasis and not related to purpura. Ppp is a form of chronic blood stains in the skin (purpura), which darken over time and leave pigmented patches in the skin. There are four to five types, mostly due to some auto-immune mechanism or related to a medication allergy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about a skin disease called lichen planus if so what's your treatment?

Can you tell me about a skin disease called lichen planus if so what's your treatment?

Lichen Planus: See the following for basic information and then discuss it with a dermatologist: http://www.Aad.Org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/i---l/lichen-planus. ...Read more

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I think I have a rare auto immune disease called juvenile dermatomyositis. Can someone tell me what this is?

I think I have a rare auto immune disease called juvenile dermatomyositis. Can someone tell me what this is?

Different in adults: Dermatomyositis can be a very severe disease causing muscle damage and chronic rashes (months to years). However, in adults there is a risk for more serious disease. If you think you may have dermatomyositis, please discuss this with your doctor. Some simple tests and a good physical exam should help decide. ...Read more

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I took a urine test and the doctor called back and said I have sugar in my urine, what does this mean. I am a 26 year old male who has common variable immuno deficiency and i may have propheryia or an auto immune disease, does sugar in the urine indictae

I took a urine test and the doctor called back and said I have sugar in my urine, what does this mean. I am a 26 year old male who has common variable immuno deficiency and i may have propheryia or an auto immune disease, does sugar in the urine indictae

Most : Most people don't have sugar in their urine until their blood sugar is 250mg/dl or more. But some people will have sugar in their urine with normal blood levels of glucose. This is called renal glycosuria. It usually has little clinical significance. If your fasting blood sugar is elevated, you may have diabetes. If a blood glucose is done concurrently with finding sugar in your urine, you can sort out if you are just one of those people who spill sugar into the urine at normal blood glucose levels or if you may be diabetic. This should be checked out soon, especially if you are experiencing excessive thirst or frequent urinination. ...Read more

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I got a skin disease called ichtoyosis. It was inherited from my father. Although it's not very serious but is there anyway to cure it?

I got a skin disease called ichtoyosis. It was inherited from my father. Although it's not very serious but is there anyway to cure it?

No, control only: Ichthyosis is an inherited disorder as you mentioned and like most inherited disorders not curable. However there are treatments that can improve the feel and appearance of the skin. Therapy usually consists of creams that contain urea or lactic acid. For instance there is a otc product called "amlactin" that might be helpful. See your dermatologist for newer treatment options. ...Read more

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Can autoimmune disorders cause premature wrinkles / thinner skin? What kinds of auto immune diseases?

Can autoimmune disorders cause premature wrinkles / thinner skin? What kinds of auto immune diseases?

Topical steroids : Topical corticosteriods can thin skin if you are using these to treat rashes. Autoimmune diseases do not typically cause wrinkles. However; severe stress from any chronic severe disease can age a person. ...Read more

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Diarrhoea, loose stools since 3 years, brittle hair, skin pigmentation, PCOS, borderline anemia, low vit d, watery eyes. Is this auto-immune disease?

Could be: These chronic symptoms are concerning enough to warrant further evaluation. See your primary doctor to discuss all your concerns and symptoms. At that point screening labs for autoimmune conditions can be drawn and a referral to a rheumatologist can be made if indicated. ...Read more

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My skin pigmentation is severely in distress as well as the condition of my skin most noticeable area is my face. I have been on a high dose of amphetamines for about nine years for a severe auto immune sleep disorder. I have some of the classic "tweaker

My skin pigmentation is severely in distress as well as the condition of my skin most noticeable area is my face. I have been on a high dose of amphetamines for about nine years for a severe auto immune sleep disorder.  I have some of the classic "tweaker

No clue: You need to see your pcp and probably get a referral to a dermatologist. Amphetamines can cause reduction of blood flow to the skin (and other organs), and that may be part of what is going on, but I have not seen or heard of this complaint. I have taken care of lots and lots of kids on high doses of adderal or concerta, and have not seen this. ...Read more

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I would like to know how to find out the cure for lychen pallus, a skin disease, is it cureable?

I would like to know how to find out the cure for lychen pallus, a skin disease, is it cureable?

Lichen planus?: I'll bet this is what they told you. If it's secondary to hepatitis C and you are cured of this, the lichen planus will also go away. Be sure you are not taking meds that can cause it. Otherwise, it's often manageable -- your physicians can advise you on this. ...Read more

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I have a 3yr old daughter ang I am suspecting she have a chicken skin disease, is there any cure for this type of skin problem?

I have a 3yr old daughter ang I am suspecting she have a chicken skin disease, is there any cure for this type of skin problem?

Keratosis pilaris?: If that's what you mean by "chicken skin disease, " it isn't a disease at all but a variation of normal skin. At 3 years of age i would only moisturize, not try any aggressive treatment. ...Read more

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Hello, my son tested positive for hep c antibody. The only reason he was even tested was because we were considering the use of Xeljanz, an RA drug, for his auto immune alopecia universalis. He was retested yesterday and they are doing something called RN

Hello, my son tested positive for hep c antibody. The only reason he was even tested was because we were considering the use of Xeljanz, an RA drug, for his auto immune alopecia universalis. He was retested yesterday and they are doing something called RN

False positive?: Hepatitis C virus antibody test is often falsely positive. That's why the RNA test is needed; it will tell whether your son actually has HCV. You don't say his age, but it is unlikely if young and thus has not shared drug injection equipment; has never had a transfusion; and has not otherwise been heavily exposed to another person's blood. So probably all is well. My fingers are crossed for you! ...Read more

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Any information on a skin disease called pityriasis rosea?

Any information on a skin disease called pityriasis rosea?

Pityriasis rosea: The exact cause of pityriasis rosea is unclear, although the cause may be a viral infection, such as infection with certain strains of the human herpes virus (hhv6 or hhv7). Pityriasis rosea, however, isn't believed to be contagious. ...Read more

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What is the skin disease called vitiligo? How do you get it?

Vitiligo: It is an autoimmune disease of the skin where areas lose the natural skin color. It just happens, like all other autoimmune diseases. Dermatologist can help with treating some spots. ...Read more

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Pemphigus (Definition)

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


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