Bullous pemphigoid

Definition of Bullous pemphigoid

Bullous pemphigoid is a skin disorder characterized by large blisters.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

The cause is not known, but may be related to immune system disorders.


Some people may have no symptoms, others may have mild redness and irration.

Signs and tests

Tests that may be done to help diagnose this condition include:


Power anti-inflammatory medicines called corticosteroids may be prescribed. Some corticosteroids are taken by mouth, while others require a shot (injection). In persons with early forms of the disease, corticosteroid creams may be used.

Expectations (prognosis)

Bullous pemphigoid usually responds well to treatment. Most patients may stop taking medicine after several years. However, the disease sometimes returns after treatment is stopped.


Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Associate, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. – 4/12/2007

Bullous pemphigoid, close-up of tense blisters

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