Other Names for this Disease
- Gestational pemphigoid
- Herpes gestationis
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autoimmune skin disorder. It usually begins abruptly during the 2nd or 3rd trimester of pregnancy, but can occur any time during pregnancy. Signs and symptoms often include the formation of very itchy, red bumps and/or blisters on the abdomen and trunk, but other parts of the body can be affected. Unrelenting itchiness (pruritus) often interferes with daily activities. Symptoms may improve at the end of pregnancy, but flares may occur during, or right after, delivery. While it usually goes away on its own within weeks to months after delivery, it may recur during menses; with use of oral contraceptives; and/or with subsequent pregnancies. PG is caused by a woman's immune system mistakenly attacking her own skin, but the exact reasons why this occurs is poorly understood. Treatment depends on severity and may include topical corticosteroids; oral corticosteroids, and/or oral antihistamines to relieve itching.Pemphigoid gestationis (PG) is a pregnancy-associated
Last updated: 5/3/2016
- Anatoli Freiman. Pemphigoid Gestationis. Medscape Reference. August 17, 2015; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1063499-overview.
- Vanessa Ngan. Pemphigoid gestationis. DermNet NZ. April 25, 2016; http://www.dermnetnz.org/immune/pemphigoid-gestationis.html.
- DermNet NZ is an online resource about skin diseases developed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated. DermNet NZ provides information about this condition.
- The European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology has a patient information leaflet about this condition.
- The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library provides information on this condition for patients and caregivers.
- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) has a report for patients and families about this condition. NORD is a patient advocacy organization for individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them.
- Medscape Reference provides information on this topic. You may need to register to view the medical textbook, but registration is free.
- The Merck Manual for health care professionals provides information on Pemphigoid gestationis.
- The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Pemphigoid gestationis. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.