Other Names for this Disease
- Gestational pemphigoid
- Herpes gestationis
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Patients with HG typically respond well to low-dose treatment with oral corticosteroids like prednisone. In more resistant cases, higher doses or oral corticosteroids might be needed. Up to about 75 percent of patients experience a spontaneous resolution or improvement during the late third trimester, and treatment might be discontinued. Since post-delivery flare-ups of HG are common, some individuals who had experienced improvement may require an increase in corticosteroids doses in anticipation. For more difficult-to-manage cases treatment may includes topical corticosteroids, oral antihistamines, and immunosuppressants.
Last updated: 8/11/2010
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