Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) is a very rare group of genetic disorders that result in fragility of the skin and, in some cases, other internal membranes and organs. Blisters, open wounds and sores form as a result of the slightest touch, rub or trauma.
EB is likely to affect 1 in 17,000 live births and it is estimated that there are currently 5,000 people with the condition in the UK.
The severity of this condition can vary between people and is most often picked up at birth or shortly after. In milder cases, it may go unnoticed until later in life. There is a highly trained group of specialist doctors and nurses that look after people with this condition in both London and Birmingham and they are always available to give advice.
- Support and information for EB is provided by the charity Debra https://www.debra.org.uk/what-is-eb/what-is-eb