Which physical findings are characteristic of pustular psoriasis?

Updated: Mar 17, 2021
  • Author: Jacquiline Habashy, DO, MSc; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Pustular psoriasis presents as sterile pustules appearing on the palms and soles or diffusely over the body. Pustular psoriasis may cycle through erythema, pustules, then scaling. The diffuse variant is termed von Zumbusch variant, which is accompanied by fever and intense ill feeling in addition to the widespread pustules. Acrodermatitis continua of Hallopeau is considered a form of pustular psoriasis that affects the hands and feet. It may prove resistant to topical and other therapies.


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