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What is pustular psoriasis?

Pustular psoriasis is known as either "generalized" or "localized." Localized pustular psoriasis may be either on the hands and feet (palmo-plantar pustulosis) or on the tips of the fingers (acropustulosis), whereas generalized pustular psoriasis

occurs in random, widespread patches on the body.

Pustular psoriasis is an uncommon form of psoriasis. People with pustular psoriasis have clearly defined, raised bumps on the skin that are filled with pus (pustules). The skin under and around these bumps is red. Large portions of your skin may redden. It is not sure whether this form of psoriasis is actually psoriasis or whether it is a totally separate condition. It is less common than the other forms and most commonly affects the fingers and palms of the hands and toes and soles of the feet. It appears as numerous, small, sterile, non infectious pustules. When it becomes chronic and inflamed the skin will become dry, scaly and sensitive. I may be isolated or in association with other forms of psoriasis.

Generalized pustular psoriasis is a rare form of psoriasis. It is spread over wide areas of the body. It is also called von Zumbusch pustular psoriasis, named after the physician who first described it in the early 1900s. Generalized pustular psoriasis can appear quickly. Within as little as a few hours after the skin becomes tender, blisters (pustules) of non-infectious pus can appear. The pus inside consists of white blood cells. It is not an infection, and it is not contagious. It can cause fever, chills, severe itching, a rapid pulse rate, exhaustion, anemia, weight loss and muscle weakness. This form rarely appears in children, although when it does, the chance of improvement is usually much better than for adults. Physicians generally avoid giving systemic (oral or injected) treatments to children because the condition may improve without those medications.

People with the generalized form of pustular psoriasis are often admitted to the hospital to make sure they have adequate fluid intake and bed rest and don’t lose too much heat or have too much strain on the heart. Bland compresses are applied to the skin, and saline (saltwater) solutions and oatmeal baths help to soothe and heal affected areas. In children with pustular psoriasis, this treatment is often all that's needed.

More information on psoriasis

What is psoriasis? - Psoriasis is a disease whose main symptom is gray or silvery flaky patches on the skin which are red and inflamed underneath when scratched.
What types of psoriasis are there? - Types of psoriasis include plaque psoriasis, guttate psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, erythrodermic psoriasis, flexural psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and nail psoriasis.
What causes psoriasis? - Psoriasis is driven by the immune system. Psoriasis is the growth of too many skin cells. The first outbreak of psoriasis is often triggered by emotional or mental stress or physical skin injury.
How is psoriasis diagnosed? - Physicians diagnose psoriasis by examining the affected skin. In people with psoriatic arthritis, the arthritis usually follows the appearance of psoriasis.
What triggers psoriasis? - Psoriasis triggers include streptococcal infection, sun exposure, drug reactions, hormonal factors, psychological factors, and skin trauma.
What are the psoriasis symptoms? - Symptoms depend on the type of psoriasis the individual has and may include bright red areas of raised patches (plaques) on the skin, tiny areas of bleeding, and itching.
What are the psoriasis risk factors? - The risks associated with developing psoriasis are similar to the triggers of the disease. The most significant risk factor for psoriasis is a family history of the condition.
What is the treatment for psoriasis? - The treatment is chosen on the basis of the pattern of psoriasis and its severity. Treatments for psoriasis can often control the disease for long periods.
What is the topical treatment for psoriasis? - Some patients with psoriasis respond well to ointment or cream forms of corticosteroids, vitamin D3, retinoids, coal tar, or anthralin. The medication that is best may depend on the type and location of the psoriasis.
What is the phototherapy treatment for psoriasis? - Phototherapy treatment for psoriasis uses ultraviolet (UV) light to kill T cells in skin, reducing redness and slowing the overproduction of skin cells that causes scaling.
What is the systemic treatment for psoriasis? - Systemic treatment for psoriasis involves taking medicines internally by pill or injection. Systemic psoriasis treatment drugs include methotrexate, retinoids, cyclosporine.
What is plaque psoriasis? - Plaque psoriasis can is a disease with very clearly defined area of skin which has a raised, red and inflamed section of skin covered in silvery scales.
What is guttate psoriasis? - Guttate psoriasis is a type of psoriasis that looks like small, salmon-pink drops on the skin. Guttate psoriasis is characterised by multiple tiny areas of psoriasis.
What is flexural psoriasis? - Flexural psoriasis is a form of psoriasis found in the armpits, groin, under the breasts and in other flexion creases (skin folds) such as those around the genitals and buttocks.
What is pustular psoriasis? - Pustular psoriasis is an uncommon form of psoriasis. People with pustular psoriasis have clearly defined, raised bumps on the skin that are filled with pus (pustules).
What is erythrodermic psoriasis? - Erythrodermic psoriasis is a particularly inflammatory form of psoriasis that often affects most of the body surface. Erythroderma is a generalised redness of the skin.
What is scalp psoriasis? - Scalp psoriasis range from very mild with fine scaling to very severe with thick, crusted plaques. Scalp psoriasis scales appear powdery with a silvery sheen. 
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