About Autoimmune Skin Diseases
Many autoimmune skin diseases are related to disorders that affect other areas of the body. For example:
- Dermatitis herpetiformis is linked to celiac disease, and may cause blisters
- Scleroderma causes the skin to become thick and rigid
- Vasculitis causes inflammation of the blood vessels
- Lupus can affect the skin, joints, and kidneys
- Dermatomyositis can cause muscle inflammation and skin rashes.
Autoimmune Blistering Skin Diseases
These occur when the immune system attacks your healthy tissue. When this happens, skin cells cannot perform their normal functions and may turn into sores, blisters, or rashes. Diseases include bullous pemphigoid, which causes blistering on the body and sometimes in the mouth or eyes, and pemphigus, which causes blistering on the skin and in the mucous membranes in the mouth, nose, or genitals.