Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Epidermolysis Bullosa Home Care

Home care measures for epidermolysis bullosa include:

  • Avoid activities that cause blisters.
  • Puncture blisters as soon as they form, with a sterile needle or blade.
  • Care for a ruptured blister:
    • Clean the skin gently with soap and water.
    • Apply antibiotic ointment.
    • Apply a protective bandage over the blister.
  • Protect the skin from blisters:
    • Apply petroleum jelly to the skin.
    • Use foot pads to protect the skin.
  • Care for your feet:
    • Avoid footwear that places pressure on the foot.
    • Avoid shoes that are too small.
    • Avoid high-heeled shoes.
    • Break-in new shoes slowly.
    • Change shoes and socks when they become wet.
    • Wear gloves to protect your hands.
  • Acetaminophen for pain
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Epidermolysis Bullosa Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have epidermolysis bullosa and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Feb 17, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Epidermolysis Bullosa References
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