Pemphigus Relief in Southern California

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What is Pemphigus?
Pemphigus is a general term used to classify a group of rare autoimmune blistering skin disorders. These disorders occur when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue.
The exact cause of pemphigus is unknown and the symptoms and severity associated with the various types of pemphigus vary. All forms of this disorder is characterized by the blistering eruptions on the outer layer of the skin (epidermis). In pemphigus vulgaris, lesions also develop on the mucous membranes such as those lining the inside the mouth. If left untreated, pemphigus will usually be fatal.
The two main types of pemphigus are pemphigus vulgaris and pemphigus foliaceus. Additional disorders may also be classified as pemphigus including paraneoplastic pemphigus and pemphigus IgA.
Pemphigus Vulgaris
Pemphigus vulgaris (PV) is an autoimmune disease of the skin and mouth (mucous membrane). Auto-antibodies attack molecules that essentially hold the skin cells together, causing them to separate and resulting in blisters. Pemphigus vulgaris is characterized by multiple lesions or blisters that do not heal, or that recur and spread to larger portions of the body and about 80% of the cases first exhibit symptoms in the mouth, and the mouth may be the only site of lesions.

Typically, those with pemphigus vulgaris will have multiple ulcers that persist for weeks to months. Blistering may be accompanied by severe pain, itching, burning, and stinging and if extensive, blistering can lead to life-threatening fluid loss, infection, and disfigurement. Fatalities from pemphigus vulgaris are extremely unlikely in the United States; however, timeliness of treatment is critical.
With treatment, lesions can heal normally without scarring. Most patients treated for pemphigus will enter a partial or full remission within 2–5 years.

Who's At Risk?
Pemphigus vulgaris affects men and women approximately equally. The average onset of symptoms is typically in the elderly, aged 50–60 years. Pemphigus vulgaris can occur in persons of any ethnicity, but the disorder tends to appear more often in persons of Mediterranean ancestry, Ashkenazi Jews, and some subtypes in people from Brazil and Colombia.
Signs and Symptoms
80% of the time, symptoms begin in the mouth, with soft (flaccid) blisters or erosions, and these symptoms are often mistaken for other conditions of the mouth. Two-thirds of those affected with pemphigus vulgaris eventually experience lesions on both the skin and in the mouth. If left untreated, the erosion/blisters gradually spread over an increasing surface area and can be complicated by severe infections, metabolic disturbances, or fluid loss.
When to Seek Medical Care
It is very important to get an accurate confirming diagnosis early in the onset of this condition. If you suspect you might have pephigus vulgaris, Call Us! We will talk to you and determine if you meet some of the key criteria to have the disease. We will also look to see if you display any of the signs or symptoms addressed above. Early expert diagnosis is important, as pemphigus vulgaris – as with other autoimmune diseases – becomes more resistant to treatment if it is not promptly and appropriately controlled.
Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists offers many procedures and therapies for the treatment of Pemphigus Vulgaris. Call us and schedule an appointment to have one of our skin care specialists look at your individual situation and develop a plan for the diagnosis & treatment of this condition.

The information above is intended for informational purposes only. It is not medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
Temecula :(951) 303-6900
31720 Temecula Parkway, Suite 200
Temecula, CA 92592

Menifee/Sun City: (951) 303-6900
26960 Cheerry Hills Blvd, Suite C
Sun City, CA 92586

La Quinta: (760) 564-8200
79430 Highway 111, Suite 102
La Quinta, CA 92253

Hemet: (951) 929-DERM (3376)
1011 E. Devonshire Ave., Suite 203
Hemet, CA 92543

Moreno Valley: (951) 208-7994
24060 Fir Avenue, Unit B
Moreno Valley, CA 92553

Palm Springs: (760) 832-6277
El Mirador Medical Plaza at desert Regional
Medical Center Campus
1180 North India Canyon Drive, Suite #E315
Palm Springs, CA 92262