Pemphigoid Gestationis Treatment & Management

Updated: Jun 02, 2017
  • Author: Victor A Teran; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Medical Care

The goals of treatment are to relieve pruritus and to suppress extensive blister formation. To minimize the risk for the mother and fetus, use the lowest effective dose of medication to suppress disease activity. Even with optimum control, some blisters may continue to develop, and patients may have persistent pruritus. The risks and benefits of therapy must always be evaluated for the mother and the fetus.



A dermatologist and an obstetrician must coordinate care for patients with pemphigoid gestationis. The pediatrician also must be aware of the diagnosis and the medications the mother is receiving.

Because pemphigoid gestationis is an uncommon disease, referral to immunodermatologists with expertise in the treatment of patients with severe or persistent disease is appropriate.