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Dr. Sarita Nori was drawn to dermatology because of the intersection of science and medicine that is at the heart of dermatology. She feels this is what really allows her to help her patients. “There is a lot of problem-solving in dermatology and I like that,” she explains. “It’s also a profession where you can help people quickly and really make a difference in their lives.” | Some of the typical skin problems that Dr. Nori treats include skin cancers, psoriasis, acne, eczema, rashes, and contact dermatitis. Dr Nori believes in using all possible avenues of treatment, such as biologics, especially in patients with chronic diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. “These medications can work superbly, and they are really life-changing for many patients.” | Dr. Nori feels it’s important for patients to have a good understanding of the disease or condition that is affecting them. “I like to educate my patients on their problem and have them really understand it so they can take the best course of action. Patients always do better when they understand their skin condition, and how to treat it.”

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is eosinophilic pustular folliculitis?

Eosinophilic pustular folliculitis is a chronic, non-infectious skin disorder characterized by recurring itchy, red or skin-colored bumps and pustules. The bumps mostly appear on the face, scalp, neck and trunk and may persist for weeks or months. It may be associated with HIV infection, various drugs, and some lymphomas.

Symptoms of eosinophilic pustular folliculitis

  • Bumps containing pus

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

Questions your doctor may ask to check for eosinophilic pustular folliculitis

  • Do you have pus-filled bumps on your skin?

  • Do you have red skin or red spots?

Treatment for eosinophilic pustular folliculitis

Treatment depends on the severity. Options include oral or applied anti-inflammatory medication, antibiotics, and phototherapy (a procedure where your skin is exposed to light to treat skin conditions).

View the symptoms of Eosinophilic Pustular Folliculitis

  • Pustule

  • Red skin

References

  • Kanaki T, Hadaschik E, Esser S, Sammet S. Eosinophilic pustular folliculitis (EPF) in a patient with HIV infection. Infection. 2021 Aug;49(4):799-801. doi: 10.1007/s15010-020-01543-z. Epub 2020 Nov 25. PMID: 33237446; PMCID: PMC8316170.

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s15010-020-01543-z

  • Camacho-Martinez F. Eosinophilic pustular folliculitis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 1987 Oct;17(4):686-8. doi: 10.1016/s0190-9622(87)80457-7. PMID: 3312318.

    https://www.jaad.org/article/S0190-9622(87)80457-7/pdf

  • Gallo G, Conti L, Quaglino P, Ribero S. Treatment of eosinophilic pustular folliculitis with low-dose isotretinoin. Int J Dermatol. 2021 Sep 30. doi: 10.1111/ijd.15929. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34591315.

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ijd.15929

  • Umegaki-Arao N, Tanemoto S, Tanese K, Kubo A, Takahashi H, Kurihara Y, Yanagisawa E, Kameyama K, Amagai M, Saito M. Eosinophilic pustular folliculitis with palmoplantar lesions and nail deformity. J Dermatol. 2020 Oct;47(10):e357-e359. doi: 10.1111/1346-8138.15503. Epub 2020 Jul 16. PMID: 32677109.

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1346-8138.15503

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Sarita Nori, MD

Sarita Nori, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Sarita Nori was drawn to dermatology because of the intersection of science and medicine that is at the heart of dermatology. She feels this is what really allows her to help her patients. “There is a lot of problem-solving in dermatology and I like that,” she explains. “It’s also a profession where you can help people quickly and really make a difference in their lives.” | Some of the typical skin problems that Dr. Nori treats include skin cancers, psoriasis, acne, eczema, rashes, and contact dermatitis. Dr Nori believes in using all possible avenues of treatment, such as biologics, especially in patients with chronic diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. “These medications can work superbly, and they are really life-changing for many patients.” | Dr. Nori feels it’s important for patients to have a good understanding of the disease or condition that is affecting them. “I like to educate my patients on their problem and have them really understand it so they can take the best course of action. Patients always do better when they understand their skin condition, and how to treat it.”

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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