“Coaches Corner” – Don’t Forget About the Topical
Many times when seeing a physician for pemphigus or pemphigoid they are quick to prescribe a systemic treatment that will hopefully help you reach remission. This can be a good thing. However, sometimes the obvious may be overlooked. For example, if you are in pain, having trouble eating or swallowing, your clothes are sticking to your lesions, the blisters on your scalp make bathing and showering difficult, or perhaps you are having chronic nosebleeds. These symptoms can be managed with topical treatments, but they are often forgotten. There are different options available for different body locations in many different strengths. Be candid with your doctor and let them know where you are having disease activity and how severe it is. Although, ultimately, the systemic treatment is going to make the difference in the long run. Topical treatment can help relieve many of your symptoms along the way!
If you’re not sure which medications to ask for or their strengths, just “Ask a Coach”!
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