Epidermolysis bullosa can be a severe and uncomfortable condition that causes skin blistering due to fragile skin tissue. It can be severely painful, unpleasant and difficult to treat and manage. Because it especially affects infants and young children, it’s important to manage epidermolysis bullosa to prevent severe complications.
While extreme skin blistering can be challenging to treat, there are several natural remedies that can help heal skin blisters, prevent infection and nourish and repair damaged skin caused by epidermolysis bullosa.
About Epidermolysis Bullosa
Epidermolysis bullosa is a group of skin conditions that cause red blisters to form. A rare condition, several types of epidermolysis bullosa are genetic diseases that typically show up by early childhood. However, some people don’t develop epidermolysis bullosa until they are well into adulthood when symptoms may all of a sudden appear.1,2
Depending on the type of epidermolysis bullosa, blisters may form on the outer layers of skin, or they may form internally. The condition causes the skin to become extremely fragile, with any trauma or injury causing severe skin blistering.
There are three groups of epidermolysis bullosa conditions that each affect the skin differently:1,2
- Epidermolysis Bullosa Simplex — A milder and more common form with fewer complications. It develops on the skin’s outer layer, primarily around the palms and soles of the feet.
- Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa — A condition with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. As it develops in infancy, it can also cause other symptoms in babies such as a hoarse-sounding cry.
- Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa — A severe form of the condition that is also the rarest. Caused by a genetic flaw, junctional EB occurs when the skin’s collagen doesn’t correctly form, limiting the skin’s strength and making it highly susceptible to blistering.
The primary known cause of all forms of epidermolysis bullosa is a genetic defect. Babies can inherit a faulty gene from one parent or both who are carriers of the faulty gene that causes epidermolysis bullosa. It’s also possible that both parents may carry the faulty gene and not pass it along to their child.1,2
There are different possible symptoms that develop depending on the type of epidermolysis bullosa the child or adult has developed. Possible epidermolysis bullosa symptoms include:1,2
- Easily blistered skin
- Painful, dry skin
- Blisters that form on the palms and soles of the feet
- Blisters inside the mouth
- Thickened toenails and fingernails
- Scalp blistering and hair loss
- Small white skin bumps (milia)
- Tooth decay and dental problems
- Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
Top Natural Treatments for Epidermolysis Bullosa
To help manage and treat epidermolysis bullosa blisters, try the follow natural treatments:
Apple Cider Vinegar, Flaxseed Oil and Coconut Oil - The combination of ACV, flaxseed and coconut oils can help reduce blister inflammation, protect against infection and nourish and heal the skin.
Grape Seed Oil - With antioxidant properties, grape seed oil can help to heal and nourish blistered skin.
Black Cumin Oil - Black cumin oil is a natural skin healing remedy as it encourages skin rejuvenation and repair.
Broccoli - Certain chemicals found in broccoli have shown to have a healing effect on skin blisters and can prevent further blistering.
Coconut Oil - Coconut oil is a natural anti-inflammatory and skin nourishing oil that can help heal painful skin blisters.