Epidermolysis bullosa signs and symptoms include:
- Fluid-filled blisters on the skin, especially on the hands and feet due to friction
- Deformity or loss of fingernails and toenails
- Internal blistering, including on the vocal cords, esophagus and upper airway
- Skin thickening on the palms and the soles of the feet
- Scalp blistering, scarring and hair loss (scarring alopecia)
- Thin-appearing skin (atrophic scarring)
- Tiny white skin bumps or pimples (milia)
- Dental problems, such as tooth decay from poorly formed enamel
- Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
Epidermolysis bullosa blisters may not appear until a toddler first begins to walk or until an older child begins new physical activities that trigger more intense friction on the feet.
When to see a doctor
Contact your doctor if you or your child develops blisters, particularly if you don't know the reason for them.
Seek immediate medical care if you or your child:
Aug. 22, 2014
- Has problems swallowing
- Has problems breathing
- Shows signs of infection, such as warm, red, painful or swollen skin, pus or a foul odor from a sore, and fever or chills
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