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Pemphigus Vulgaris and Receiving Social Security Disability

Pemphigus is an autoimmune disorder that causes raw and blistering sores on your skin and mucous membranes. Pemphigus is sometimes connected with the use of Penicillamine.  Penicillamine is a medication that is used in the treatment of scleroderma, Wilson’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis. There are three kinds of pemphigus that vary in severity. They are pemphigus foliaceus, paraneoplastic pemphigus and pemphigus vulgaris. Pemphigus vulgaris is a chronic blistering form of this disorder. It is marked by extensive flaccid blisters and mucocutaneous erosions. Pemphigus vulgaris occurs when antibodies from your autoimmune system attack Desmoglein 3. This is a protein that keeps your cells bound together. With pemphigus vulgaris, your cells fall apart and cause your skin to slough off. Pemphigus vulgaris is the most common type of pemphigus. It is more severe than pemphigus foliaceus but not as severe as paraneoplastic pemphigus. Pemphigus vulgaris can begin in anyone at any age. However, this disorder takes place most often in people who are middle aged and elderly. It is rare in children. People of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean or Jewish descent are the ones who are affected most frequently by pemphigus vulgaris. No one knows what the exact cause of pemphigus vulgaris is. As stated at the beginning, pemphigus vulgaris is believed to be an autoimmune disorder. An autoimmune disorder is one in which for some unknown reason your body’s autoimmune system mistakenly attacks the cells and tissues of your own body. In the case of pemphigus vulgaris, it is Desmoglein 3, the protein that keeps your cells bound together that is attacked by antibodies from your autoimmune system. For about 50% of the people with pemphigus vulgaris, signs and symptoms of the disorder usually begin with painful sores and blisters in the mouth that are followed by blisters that erupt on the skin. Blisters may also break out on the mucous membranes of your genitals. The blisters do not itch, but they are usually painful. The blisters that occur on your skin with pemphigus vulgaris may be characterized as crusting, draining, oozing and peeling or easily detached. They may develop in your mouth or on your trunk, scalp or other skin areas. You or a loved one may be suffering with pemphigus vulgaris. Pemphigus vulgaris and/or complications that have resulted from it or other illnesses that you have along with this disorder may have caused the disability of you or your loved one and be what is preventing you from being able to work. Because of vulgaris, you may need the help of a social security lawyer. You may need financial assistance.
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