Epidermolysis bullosa simplex is one of a group of genetic conditions called epidermolysis bullosa that cause the skin to be very fragile and to blister easily. Blisters and areas of skin loss occur in response to minor injury or friction, such as rubbing or scratching. Epidermolysis bullosa simplex is one of the major forms of epidermolysis bullosa. The signs and symptoms of this condition vary from person to person. Blistering primarily affects the hands and feet in mild cases, and the blisters usually heal without leaving scars.
HOW IS EPIDERMOLYSIS BULLOSA SIMPLEX DIAGNOSED?
The dermatologist or the general physician may conduct a series of examinations for diagnosis of the condition. A skin biopsy may be carried out for immunofluorescent mapping while genetic and prenatal testing may also be effective methods.
HOW IS EPIDERMOLYSIS BULLOSA SIMPLEX TREATED?
Treatment is majorly to prevent complications and ease the symptoms. Medications are suggested to control the pain, itching and prevent infection in the bloodstream. Repeated blistering can cause deformities such as fusion of fingers and toes, when surgery may be suggested.
DID YOU KNOW?
Severe cases of this condition involve widespread blistering that can lead to infections, dehydration, and other medical problems. Severe cases may be life-threatening in infancy.