What is Pustular Psoriasis?

Pustular psoriasis is a type of the disease that creates pustules, or blisters, that are filled with non-infectious pus that consists of white blood cells. It is not contagious and cannot be transmitted by contact. It is an autoimmune disease that attacks healthy skin cells and causes the body to attempt to replace healthy cells faster than the body’s normal cycle for doing so. The net result of all of this is that the blisters build up and destroy healthy skin in a cyclical fashion until the psoriasis is treated.

Pustular Psoriasis

Pustular Psoriasis

This type of psoriasis can be limited to small areas, like the hands or the feet. However, it can also cover large portions of the skin’s surface. This is the generalized variety of pustular psoriasis, and is the most common type. Unlike other types of psoriasis, such as guttate, there are different subgroups of pustular psoriasis.

Von Zumbrusch, palmoplantar pustulosis, and acropustulosis are the three subgroups in the pustular group of psoriasis.

Almost all types of psoriasis are not life threatening. Unfortunately, Von Zumbrusch psoriasis can be an immediate threat to a person’s life. Von Zumbrusch is usually treated in a hospital setting and must be treated rapidly to avoid the potential for death. Its symptoms are a widespread area of red skin that is followed within a matter of hours by the white pustules. Within a day or two, the skin begins to appear glazed and hardened. This type of psoriasis is almost exclusively found in adults only. Without hospital treatment, it remains cyclical and can lead to death because the sufferer becomes dehydrated as the rash continues.

Like Von Zumbrusch, palmoplantar pustulosis is cyclical, but it is not a threat to survival. In this type, pustules develop on the palms of the hands, or on the soles of the feet. Over time, the pustules dry out and become encrusted and brown in appearance. Also unlike Von Zumbrusch, the cycle for development of the pustules and their recurrence is fairly slow, with periods of inactivity between.

Acropustulosis is a type that is usually limited to the tips of the fingers and also is sometimes found in the toes. It is unusual that in extreme cases, it can cause deformity on the tips of the fingers, and can also deform and damage fingernails. It is usually quite painful as well. For the most part, this type of psoriasis follows injuries to the tips of the fingers, or toes, or immediately follows an infection. Using a natural Psoria psoriasis cream may be helpful to minimize the possibility of infection.

Pustular psoriasis requires more dedicated treatment than many diseases.

Because of the severity of this type of psoriasis, it requires a more aggressive treatment regimen to prevent it from causing too much discomfort, disfiguration, or in the case of Von Zumbrusch, the potential for death. Because of the potential threats caused by some types of this variety of psoriasis, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible to treat the symptoms and to bring it under control. However, there are some new Psoria psoriasis treatments that should be considered to help treat symptoms.  If you suspect that you might have this type of psoriasis, you should immediately check with a medical professional to get it diagnosed as quickly as possible.

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