Dermatology Services

Bullous (Blistering Disease)

woman applying medication to sore on lipBullous diseases are blistering diseases of the skin, mouth and eyes. They can be inherited, caused by genetic mutations in skin proteins, or acquired, caused by autoimmune effects when antibodies form to skin proteins. Genetic blistering diseases may be present at birth or in early life, whereas the autoimmune blistering diseases typically occur later in life.

The cause of most autoimmune blistering diseases is not known, but some may develop as drug reactions and one type, dermatitis herpetiformis, develops with celiac disease (gluten sensitivity). Blisters can also occur in conjunction with internal disease such as lupus, diabetes and porphyria.

Bullous (Blistering) Disease Services

  • Bullous pemphigoid
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis
  • Herpes simplex virus
  • Linear IgA dermatosis
  • Pemphigus vulgaris


University Hospital: Clinic 28

50 North Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

(801) 581-2955

Dermatology Midvalley Health Center

243 East 6100 South
Murray, UT 84107
(801) 581-2955

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