“Pemphigus is a group of rare potentially life-threatening autoimmune disorders that cause blistering of the skin and/or mucous membranes.
In a person with pemphigus, the immune system mistakenly perceives the cells in skin and/or mucous membrane as foreign, and attacks them. When auto-antibodies attack, the skin virtually becomes unglued. This causes burn-like lesions or blisters that do not heal. In some cases, these blisters can cover a significant area of the skin.
Although pemphigus affects people of all races and cultures, and men and women develop pemphigus equally, it is very rare. It is estimated that only one in every million people will develop pemphigus. Because of the rarity of the disease, it is not possible to say who will get one of the several types of pemphigus, but it is never contagious in any way."
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