What is Pemphigus?
Pemphigus is a group of autoimmune related diseases that result in painful blisters. Blisters either affect the skin or mucous membranes (mouth, eyes, nose, throat or genitals) and often are painful.
There are different forms of Pemphigus, however the two most common are Pemphigus Vulgaris (PV) and Bullous Pemphigoid.
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Pemphigus Vulgaris + Bullous Pemphigoid
Pemphigus Vulgaris is the most common form of the disease. It is often found in adults between the ages of 30 and 60, and is characterized by blisters that easily pop. Patients with these blisters complain of pain, itching, burning and stinging. Pemphigus is considered a chronic disease, so prompt medical attention is necessary. Blisters often start inside the mouth, so a dentist often times will first diagnose Pemphigus.
Other forms of Vulgaris include Pemphigus Foliaceous, Pemphigus Erythematosus, Pemphigus Herpetiformis, Endemic Pemphigus Foliaceus, IgA Pemphigus Foliaceus, Paraneoplastic Pemphigus Foliaceus, and Drug-induced Pemphigus Foliaceus.
In many ways, Bullous Pemphigoid resembles Pemphigus. Patients also experience many painful blisters, however, pemphigoid blisters are found under the skin (subepidermal), so the blisters don’t pop as easily. Because of that, people with Pemphigoid usually don’t have as much risk of scarring and infection as those with Pemphigus Vulgaris. Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid is another form of this disease and includes Benign Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid, Cicatricial Pemphigoid, Ocular Cicatricial Pemphigoid (when the eyes are affected), and Oral Pemphigoid.
With proper medical treatment, patients suffering from Pemphigus and Pemphigoid have promising outcomes. Moreover, most people live healthy, normal lives after treatment.
Vaccines That Trigger Pemphigus and Pemphigoid
Because Pemphigus is an autoimmune disease, it is sometimes difficult to determine the cause. This disease has, however, been associated with certain medications, ultra violet light therapy, as well as radiation therapy. There have been cases where vaccines are closely linked to the onset of Pemphigus and Pemphigoid. Some studies have linked the Hepatitis B vaccination, the flu shot and other vaccines to developing autoimmune disorders. People with a history of pemphigus should speak with their doctor when considering any vaccination.
What Do You Do If you Think You’ve Developed Pemphigus from a Vaccine?
If you develope Pemphigus or Pemphigoid after a vaccine, you should speak to a lawyer who is experienced in representing people in the United States Court of Federal Claims. Vaccine-related injury cases are complex, so you will need a law firm who has a successful history in pursuing these types of claims.
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