Sensitive skin – UF resident, medical student raising awareness about epidermolysis bullosa

Medical students Jade Gieseke and Christina Escobar look at the photographs that Dona Reynolds, 23, brought to the epidermolysis bullosa awareness table.Dr. Kim Merkel, a chief dermatology resident in the College of Medicine, and Candace Glenn, a fourth-year medical student in the College of Medicine, looked the newborn and saw a challenge.

The baby had a form of epidermolysis bullosa, an inherited condition that causes skin to be fragile and easily blister. Merkel said it was difficult to treat or even hold the baby without causing pain, and many doctors and nurses hadn’t had a large amount of experience with EB before. Read more.