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A young boy with epidermolysis bullosa. (OMICS International)

Imagine skin so fragile that a bump or scratch could cause deep, blistering wounds that wouldn’t heal.

This is daily life for kids with a rare inherited skin condition called epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a genetic mutation that results in paper-thin skin with the layers moving independently of each other instead of the dermis and epidermis being fused together. Sufferers’ skin is so fragile they’re often called “butterfly children,” as their skin is as delicate as butterfly wings.

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