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Pemphigus vulgaris

Pemphigus vulgaris (PV) is a rare and serious condition that causes painful blisters to develop on the skin as well as inside the mouth, nose, throat, anus and genitals.
Causes of pemphigus vulgaris
Read about the causes of pemphigus vulgaris, which is an autoimmune condition that causes the skin and mucous membranes to blister.
Diagnosing pemphigus vulgaris
Read about how pemphigus vulgaris (PV) is diagnosed by a dermatologist using skin biopsy and a technique called immunofluorescence.
Treating pemphigus vulgaris
Read about treatment for pemphigus vulgaris, which involves taking a combination of two types of medication: steroid medication and immunosuppressants.
Complications of pemphigus vulgaris
Read about common complications of pemphigus vulgaris, including secondary infection of the blisters.
'There's definitely life after pemphigus'
Read the story of Penelope Sherwood, who was diagnosed with pemphigus vulgaris at the age of 44. She discusses her treatment and how she copes with her condition.