is also known as familial benign chronic pemphigus. It is a rare
inherited skin condition, in which red, scaly areas or small blisters
appear at sites of friction. The condition tends to get worse with
sweating and friction, and in hot weather.
The condition is inherited; there is a 1 in 2 [50:50] chance that each
child of an affected parent will inherit the skin problem.
Hailey Hailey Disease is a nuisance rather than a serious problem, even
though the affected skin is itchy and uncomfortable, and the patches
come and go. The affected skin may be uncomfortable if the skin surfaces
are continually rubbing e.g. in the groins when walking. Very rarely a
severe flare-up in the groins, genital area or in the crease of the
buttocks may make walking and working very uncomfortable. The first
signs of the condition usually appear between the ages of 15
and 40 years, but it may also begin outside this age range.
The severity varies enormously and is unpredictable. Red,
scaly areas or small blisters appear at areas of friction,
especially at the sides of the neck or in the skin folds
under the arms, at the tops of the legs [groins] or under
the breasts. The skin looks entirely normal in between
active episodes, and does not scar. Many patients notice
that their condition improves as they get older.
It is very common for the condition to be mistaken for
eczema (or dermatitis), a sweat rash, ringworm or impetigo
(a bacterial skin infection). The diagnosis of Hailey-Hailey
disease can be made by examining a sample of the skin (a
biopsy) under the microscope.
The underlying genetic defect cannot be altered. However,
treatment does help and long remissions are common.
Scope of Homoeopathy:
Homoeopathy has good scope in the treatment of this
condition. This condition many a times becomes resistant to
the conventional treatment of local steroids and physicians
often resort to oral steroids to control the flare-ups; this
can very well be avoided by opting for homoeopathy.
Homoeopathy helps to reduce the intensity and frequency of
the flare-up and helps to lead a comfortable life. The
medicines help symptomatically to reduce the itching,
redness and inflammation. It reduces the dependency on
steroids and helps in the overall long-term management of
the condition, in a natural way using safe and effective
Role of homoeopathy:
It has been clinically observed that homoeopathy helps cases
of GB Syndrome. It seems to help by correcting the altered
immune system. The medicines are very effective in treating
the residual symptoms of Guillain-Barr syndrome. Muscle
weakness and power in the limbs can be corrected.
In the acute stage, in cases of danger of respiratory
paralysis, allopathic medicines have an advantage, but for
the residual neuro-muscular symptoms, Homoeopathic medicines
are highly effective and strongly recommended.