Epidermolysis bullosa refers to a group of inherited conditions that are evidenced by the presence of extremely fragile skin. Because of the extremely fragile skin, skin blisters start to form as a response to minor injury, heat or friction that occurs because of rubbing or scratching.
There are a number of kinds of epidermolysis bullosa. Most of the time, these types of epidermolysis bullosa originate in infants and young children. However, the signs and symptoms that come from the various forms of epidermolysis bullosa may not take place until adolescence or early adulthood in some of the people who have the mild kinds of the condition. The milder types of epidermolysis bullosa are those that may get better with age, but the severe forms of epidermolysis bullosa may lead to serious complications and can be fatal.
Epidermolysis bullosa is a condition that does not show any predilection for ethnic and racial groups. Men and women are affected about equally with this condition. Fortunately, epidermolysis bullosa is a rare condition that is estimated to occur in somewhere around 50 out of every one million live births.
Weber-Cockayne syndrome is one of the types of epidermolysis bullosa. Weber-Cockayne syndrome is marked by noninflammatory bullous eruptions that form primarily on your feet and less prominently on your hands. If you have been diagnosed with Weber-Cockayne syndrome, you may qualify for social security disability benefits, such as SSI or SSDI. It is always a good idea to consult a social security attorney at disabilitycasereview.com concerning your disability benefits options. The attorneys at disabilitycasereview.com are experienced in these matters.
Weber-Cockayne syndrome gets its name from Frederick Parkes Weber and Edward Alfred Cockayne. Weber described this syndrome in 1926 and Cockayne described it in 1938.
Weber-Cockayne syndrome usually starts during early childhood as the result of mechanically induced blisters (trauma). However, Weber-Cockayne syndrome may also originate in adults, especially during the warm season of the year.
The cause of Weber-Cockayne syndrome has not yet been determined. There have been reported instances where the condition has run in families.
Weber-Cockayne syndrome is an inherited condition. The pattern of inheritance may be what is known as either autosomal dominant or autosomal recessive. When the pattern of inheritance is autosomal dominant, only one of your parents has to have the defective (faulty) gene in order for you to have Weber-Cockayne syndrome. When the pattern of inheritance is autosomal recessive, both of your parents have to have the faulty gene in order for you to have this condition.
As mentioned above, the main sign or symptom of Weber-Cockayne syndrome is the formation of noninflammatory bullous eruptions on your skin. These eruptions take place primarily on your feet, but may also occur on your hands.
When bullae burst (rupture), you usually experience significant pain. The bullous eruptions usually heal without leaving residual scarring or other changes to your skin, such as hyperkeratosis (thickening of your skin). Sweating unpredictably and excessively (hyperhidrosis) is sometimes connected with Weber-Cockayne syndrome.
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