Linear IgA Dermatosis Treatment & Management

Updated: Mar 06, 2020
  • Author: Mark Tye Haeberle, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Medical Care

Bullae do not need special care, as long they remain intact. Ruptured lesions and erosions should be covered with sterile dressings. Infected lesions may be treated with topical mupirocin and sterile dressing changes twice daily.



Consult a dermatologist. Additionally, consult an ophthalmologist. Patients with linear IgA dermatosis can have changes, such as fine scarring, in the absence of ocular complaints. Therefore, most, if not all, patients once diagnosed should be seen by an ophthalmologist.


Long-Term Monitoring

Patients should be closely monitored after initiating therapy with dapsone or sulfapyridine. The medication tables (see Medication) provide appropriate laboratory follow-up intervals. If patients do not respond to dapsone or sulfapyridine, the diagnosis should be reconsidered.