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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 40-42

Hailey–Hailey disease − botulinum toxin type A treatment

1 Caridade Vida & Saude, Metropolitana de Santos University, Santos, SP, Brazil
2 Faculty of Medicine, Federal de Santa Maria University, Santa Maria, RS, Brazil
3 Faculty of Medicine, Metropolitana de Santos University, Santos, SP, Brazil

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Rafael W Donadel
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ejdv.ejdv_8_16

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Hailey–Hailey disease, also known as familial chronic benign pemphigus, is characterized by flaccid blisters and erosions, especially in the axillary and inguinal areas. Friction associated with local factors, such as heat, moisture, microbial colonization, and secondary infections induce the typical appearance of the lesions, especially in intertriginous areas. Traditionally the treatment is done with corticosteroids associated with topical or systemic antibiotics. We report the case of a patient with the disease presenting in the inguinal region, which has made use of different conventional drug treaments for 20 years without results. It was a proposed treatment with application of botulinum toxin type A showing significant improvement after about 20 days. The satisfactory response has been linked to the decreased local sweating caused by botulinum toxin. It would lead to a less local irritation factors and lower colonization of microorganisms.

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