Epidermolysis bullosa refers to a group of mostly inherited skin conditions that cause your skin to become extremely fragile. The hallmark indication of this condition is blistering that comes as a response to heat, minor injury or friction from scratching or rubbing.
Infants and young children are affected by most of the forms of epidermolysis bullosa. However, the signs and symptoms of these conditions may not develop until adolescence or early adulthood in people who have milder forms of epidermolysis bullosa. These milder forms may get better as you get older, but the severe kinds of epidermolysis bullosa may cause serious complications and even be fatal.
There are three main types of epidermolysis bullosa. Epidermolysis bullosa simplex is one of these three main forms of the condition.
Epidermolysis bullosa simplex is the most common and generally mildest type of this condition and usually starts at birth or in early infancy. This condition is marked by your skin splitting in the epidermis (outer or top layer of your skin) due to an error in the production of keratin, which is a fibrous protein that is located in the epidermis. When your skin splits, it makes blisters.
As mentioned at the beginning, epidermolysis bullosa simplex is inherited most of the time. It is nearly always inherited in a way that is referred to as autosomal dominant. This means that you only have to inherit a faulty (defective) gene from one of your parents in order to have the possibility of having this condition. It is possible to inherit epidermolysis bullosa simplex in a way that is known as autosomal recessive. This is where you inherit a mutated gene from both of your parents.
The hallmark sign or symptom of epidermolysis bullosa simplex is the eruption of fluid-filled bullae (blisters) on your skin. This occurs most frequently on your feet and hands as a result of friction. Other possible signs and symptoms include:
- Hyperkeratosis (thickening of your skin on the soles of your feet and your palms)
- Milia (tiny white skin pimples or bumps)
- Dental abnormalities like tooth decay resulting from poorly formed tooth enamel
- Loss or deformity of your toenails and fingernails
- Scarring alopecia (scalp blistering, scarring and hair loss)
- Atrophic scarring (skin that appears thin)
- Internal blistering that may take place on your upper airway, intestines, throat, stomach, urinary tract and esophagus.
You or a loved one may have epidermolysis bullosa simplex. Epidermolysis bullosa simplex and/or complications that have developed from it or other illnesses that you have in conjunction with this condition may have resulted in you or your loved one’s disability and inability to work.
Because of this, you may need help. You may need financial assistance.
You or your loved one may consider applying for the financial help that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability that has developed from epidermolysis bullosa simplex and/or complications that have been brought about by it or other illnesses that you have in conjunction with this condition. You may have already applied and been denied by the Social Security Administration.
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