What causes pemphigus?
Pemphigus is a rare autoimmune disease. Your immune system keeps you healthy by attacking germs, viruses, bacteria and other organisms that invade your body. For an unknown reason, an autoimmune disease produces antibodies that cause the immune system to attack the body. Pemphigus produces antibodies that damage the body’s skin and mucous membranes in the mouth, throat, nose, eyelids, anus, genitals and other areas. It can also be caused by a reaction to taking certain medications, chiefly penicillamine.
Who’s at risk for pemphigus?
Your risk of getting pemphigus is higher if you: