Pustular Psoriasis (cont.)
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What Specialties of Doctors Treat Pustular Psoriasis?
An individual should visit a physician if he or she has a rash of raised, pus-filled bumps on the skin, especially if he or she has generalized symptoms such as headache, fever, chills, joint pain, a feeling of general discomfort or uneasiness, decreased appetite, and nausea. It is important for a physician to evaluate the individual for a potentially curable health condition caused by an infectious organism as well as consider whether or not one may have another associated chronic problem. A dermatologist is a skin specialist with a particular expertise in evaluating and treating pustular psoriasis.
Visit a doctor anytime one has sores of any type in the mouth or throat that make it difficult to breathe or swallow.
How Do Health Care Professionals Diagnose Pustular Psoriasis?
A doctor may perform blood tests, including the following, in order to make a diagnosis:
A doctor may take a small sample of a pustule's contents to perform a culture. The results from these cultures and blood cultures are usually negative (no sign of infection). Since the skin is damaged, it may become infected, and the cultures are important. Occasionally, a biopsy of the skin can be examined by a pathologist to help confirm the diagnosis.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/4/2017
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