Derived from the name itself pustular psoriasis is a unique kind of psoriasis that is characterized through the pustules (blisters that are filled with pus) that form inside the red skin formations. DO not let the appearance of pustular psoriasis scare you and keep you from a family or friend who gets to suffer from the disease as this condition like its other psoriatic counterparts is not contagious and cannot be passed on to others. The white formations that are seen inside the red patches of skin are the white blood cells.
Signs and Symptoms of Pustular Psoriasis
The main characteristic that can be seen when one suffers from pustular psoriasis is the obvious formation of white pustules that can readily be seen on the skin and often the area surrounding it is still very red. It is said that pustular psoriasis would happen in progression as red patches of skin may form first, then the development of pustules and eventually the skin will start to form scales and look like it is very dry and may peel off.
Adults who experience having pustular psoriasis often find these formations on limited areas of the body, often on the feet or on the hands but there are certain conditions wherein the pustules also form along the fingertips and nails. Very rare will pustular psoriasis form all over the body and when it does it will carry with it the feeling of being feverish and body temperature fluctuations.
Who is affected with Pustular Psoriasis?
As pustular psoriasis is considered to be progressive rather than to attack the body all of a sudden, there may be circumstances when those suffering from other forms of psoriasis may develop into it eventually. When age is considered a factor, pustular psoriasis is more likely to happen to psoriatic adults than it is to happen to children who have psoriasis.
Causes of Pustular Psoriasis
The instance of pustular psoriasis progressing from other forms of psoriasis already identifies to be triggered and caused by stress, and specifically emotional stress is considered to increase the circumstance of pustule formations. In line with the increase of emotional stress, there are times when pregnancy can trigger the increase of pustular psoriasis and this may need additional medical attention.
Certain infections and medications are also believed to cause the development of pustular psoriasis as well as the sudden withdrawal from prescribed medications and topical solutions. Note that over exposure to sunlight as well as hypocalcemia (low calcium levels of the blood) are also additional considerations to pit a psoriatic individual to become prone to pustular psoriasis.
Treatment for Pustular Psoriasis
All of the common psoriasis treatments, ultraviolet light therapy, topical creams and moisturizers and medication, are all considered effective to reduce the chances of pustular psoriasis to occur. Often though, doctors will chose to move from one type of treatment to another as light therapy, prescription drugs and topical agents may at one point or another trigger the increase of pustule formation, in this light, it is important that when pustular psoriasis is suspected to develop, a visit to the doctor for consultation should be the immediate action.