Discover specialized care for rare skin conditions at Aspire Care Clinic, where our experienced team is dedicated to addressing immunobullous diseases, including Pemphigus, and other complex dermatological concerns. Our clinic provides comprehensive diagnostics and personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs. With a commitment to excellence in dermatology, Aspire Care Clinic is your trusted partner in managing and addressing rare skin conditions.
Immunobullous diseases are uncommon skin conditions caused by autoantibodies directed against various skin proteins. These conditions primarily affect older adults and can cause significant pain in patients. In some cases, such as pemphigus, these disorders can even be fatal (see below). Due to these effects, immunobullous diseases impact the quality of life both physically and mentally. To confirm a diagnosis, usually a skin biopsy is needed.
Pemphigus vulgaris is a rare autoimmune disease that causes blisters on the skin and mucous membranes, most commonly occurring in the mouth. This disease can affect anyone but most commonly appears between the ages of 30-60. Initially, blisters will appear in the mouth and on the genitals and then will develop on the skin’s surface a few weeks to months after. Pemphigus can cause extensive and life threatening blisters if the diagnosis is delayed, as well as bacterial and viral infections.
To confirm a diagnosis, a skin biopsy is taken. Once a diagnosis is made, treatment options include systemic (oral) corticosteroids and immunosuppressive drugs. Topical therapy can also be used in more mild cases and include topical steroid creams. Sometimes, more rapid treatment is needed and treatment starts before the diagnosis is confirmed.
At Aspire Care Cosmetic Clinic, scheduling a cosmetic consultation is hassle-free, and no referral is needed. However, if your concern leans towards a medical issue, we may guide you to our Skin Clinic. It’s important to note that for consultations with Dr. Wang in our Skin Clinic, an Alberta Health Services (AHS) requirement may necessitate a referral from a licensed medical professional. Examples of such professionals include medical doctors, audiologists, registered midwives, chiropractors, podiatrists, dentists, optometrists, physical therapists, and nurse practitioners. Additionally, please be aware that AHS may require a referral, and it may expire if you haven’t seen Dr. Wang within a year.