Bullous disease is a rare dermatological condition in which large, fluid-filled blisters appear in regions of the skin that are often flexed, such as the armpits. Sometimes referred to as bullous pemphigoid, this condition can often resolve on its own quickly but can sometimes take several years to resolve. It is related to an immune response in the body and appears in only 20,000 people on average per year in the U.S. In older individuals with poor health, this can be a life-threatening condition.
The signs and symptoms of bullous disease include:
If blisters develop on the eyes or show signs of infection, seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
Bullous disease results from a malfunction in the immune system. In individuals who have this disease, the immune system, which typically produces antibodies to fight against virus or bacteria, creates an antibody in the fibroid tissue that connects the dermis to the epidermis. This triggers an inflammatory response which presents as itching and blisters.
Bullous pemphigoid appears randomly but certain things can trigger it, including:
Treatment involves treating the skin so that it can heal and can also involve prescribed medications, including:
Home remedies for bullous disease can include avoiding sun exposure and clothes that irritate the affected areas, as well as limiting activities that can slow or prevent healing.
All cases of bullous disease are not the same, therefore we recommend seeing a specialist to help determine which treatment option is the best for you.