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Pustular Psoriasis (cont.)

Pustular Psoriasis Causes and Risk Factors

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To best understand the causes of pustular psoriasis, one must know the causes of classical plaque-type psoriasis. It is generally agreed that a combination of genetics and environment induce psoriasis, including this pustular subtype. Below is a list of factors that are known to exacerbate pustular psoriasis:

  • Acutely stopping high-dose systemic steroids
  • Various medications have been associated with exacerbations of psoriasis, including the following:
    • Oral iodides (SSKI)
    • Lithium
    • Phenylbutazone or oxyphenbutazone, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) including aspirin
    • Hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug
    • Interferon alfa and recombinant interferon-beta injections
  • Strong, irritating topical solutions (creams or ointments applied to the skin), including tar, anthralin

In most people, a trigger is never identified.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/10/2015

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