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I have an autoimmune blistering disorder. What problems can blisters cause?

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If you have an autoimmune blistering disorder, blisters can cause long-term problems if they form in certain parts of the body or break open.

  • Blisters that pop open can cause infections.
  • After they heal, they can leave scars.
  • In the throat or lungs, they can make it hard to eat, swallow, or breathe.
  • In the mouth, they can cause gum disease and tooth loss.
  • In the eyes, they can affect sight.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Blistering Diseases."

DermNet New Zealand: "Intravenous immunoglobulin," "Mucous membrane pemphigoid."

National Health Service: "Bullous pemphigoid."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Pemphigus."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Autoimmune Blistering Diseases."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Blistering Diseases."

DermNet New Zealand: "Intravenous immunoglobulin," "Mucous membrane pemphigoid."

National Health Service: "Bullous pemphigoid."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Pemphigus."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Autoimmune Blistering Diseases."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 12, 2018

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