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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is pustular psoriasis?

Pustular psoriasis is a non-contagious skin disease that usually affects the palms of hands, fingers and soles. Pus-filled blisters/bumps form, and affected skin cracks easily. The exact manifestations differ according to the type of pustular psoriasis. It's is an immune system disorder. It can be inherited. Triggers of disease flares include environmental factors and medications.

Symptoms of pustular psoriasis

  • Bumps containing pus

  • Fever

  • Skin over the entire body is red

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

  • Scaly skin that flakes off

  • Blisters

Questions your doctor may ask to check for pustular psoriasis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose pustular psoriasis

  • Do you have bumps on your skin with pus?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have skin redness over the whole body?

  • Do you have red skin or red spots on the skin?

  • Do you have scaly skin that flakes off?

Treatment for pustular psoriasis

Treatment may include anti-inflammatory creams/ ointments and oral medications and/or phototherapy.

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