Say a man looks down at his penis or examines it in the mirror before showering. He wants to see a specimen of fine penis health, especially if he is someone who takes the time to carefully attend to his manhood. Discovering some new penis bumps which had not been there previously is definitely not what he has in mind -and if those penis bumps develop into blisters, so much the worse! In some cases, it’s possible that these blisters may be the result of something called bullous pemphigoid – and it’s likely that the blistering is not limited to the penis.
What is bullous pemphigoid?
Bullous pemphigoid is a rare skin condition that is classified as an autoimmune disorder. That basically means it occurs because the body’s defenses have mis-identified something naturally occurring in the body and consider it a threat – and so they have developed a response to handle what it considers a threat.
In this case, the body thinks something is wrong and so it attacks a thin layer of skin tissue in such a way that the bumps and then blisters show up. They can develop over a period of time, but can also do so rapidly in some cases.
The blisters can vary in size, with some of them quite large. They tend to be filled with a clear or yellow-ish liquid; sometimes there may be blood inside. The blisters often bear a resemblance to those commonly associated with poison ivy. They are fairly hard to the touch, but they can pop – especially if they are scratched hard enough. (And yes, they can itch quite a bit.) Ruptured blisters can become infected, which can lead to a potentially life-threatening situation.
As mentioned earlier, bullous pemphigoid can appear elsewhere in the body, rather than just as penis bumps. They may also appear on the arms, legs, torso or even the face.
Both men and women can get bullous pemphigoid. And although it can occur at any age, it is more often found in people aged 60 or older.
Not much is known about the reasons that a body might develop an autoimmune response like this. However, it does appear that sometimes certain medications may act as a trigger. These include penicillin, sulfasalazine and furosemide. If a drug is behind the onset of the reaction, the first step in treatment is to see if the drug can be discontinued and another drug substituted.
Sometimes, people undergoing ultraviolet light therapy or radiation therapy to treat other conditions may develop bullous pemphigoid as a result.
Prednisone, a corticosteroid, is the most common treatment option. However, long-term use of prednisone can have some complications (like weakening bones), so other options may be explored as well. For example, drugs that can depress the immune system may be used, as well as drugs that can fight inflammation.
Bullous pemphigoid can sometimes resole itself on its own without treatment. And sometimes cases may resolve quickly, whereas others may take a longer time.
Penis bumps caused by bullous pemphigoid can be very inconvenient as well as unattractive. If the penis is kept in good general health, it is usually in a better position to fight new issues, so regular application of a top notch penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) is desirable. Penis skin will be strengthened by the direct topical application of vitamins, so find a crème that contains an array, such as A, B5, C, D, and E. The crème should also include alpha lipoic acid, a powerful antioxidant which helps fight excess free radicals and thereby strengthens and improves delicate penis skin.