WHAT IS EPIDERMOLYSIS BULLOSA? Epidermolysis Bullosa is an umbrella term for inherited, genetic skin blistering conditions that vary greatly from mild to lethal. The three main forms are categorized under “simplex”, “junctional” and “dystrophic”. In recent years they also added a “kindler” form and an “autoimmune” form to the list. By “inherited” it means that some forms are dominantly inherited (the parent has it, and their child has a 50/50 chance of getting it) or the parents are “carriers”, which means they do not have the condition, and unknowingly pass it on to their offspring, who only inherits the recessive genes of both parents. Of course there are also the cases of spontaneous mutations or, even rarer, autoimmune forms, but they all blister. Blisters form in different lays of the skin in response to heat, friction, injury or rubbing, which can be either superficial or very deep depending on theRead More →

Since this is “EB Awareness Week” (#EBawarenessweek) I wanted to write a short blog about what is like to have a child with Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa. For me, it means having to inspect every inch of my son’s skin every night. It means taking a sterile needle to lance every new blister and drain them so they don’t get any larger. It means deciding how to bandage each wound, because they all need different ointments and bandages depending on how far along in the healing process they are. It means having a house full of mass quantities of bandages and creams, all of which will only last a month. It means having to help my son get from point A to point B in the house as he cannot walk. Because he’s too heavy, I cannot carry him, and even if I did, the pressure from my hands wouldRead More →