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Pustular Psoriasis (cont.)

Pustular Psoriasis Prognosis

Complications may include the following:

  • Bacterial skin infections, hair loss, and nail loss
  • Hypoalbuminemia (abnormally low amounts of albumin in the blood) due to loss of blood protein into tissues
  • Hypocalcemia (abnormally low levels of calcium in the blood)
  • Kidney damage
  • Liver damage
  • Malabsorption (in which your gastrointestinal tract doesn't absorb nutrients sufficiently) and malnutrition

The von Zumbusch type (with fever and toxicity) can cause death if it is not treated during the acute phase. In the elderly and those with compromised cardiopulmonary function, pustular psoriasis can be very serious.

Occasionally, acute respiratory distress syndrome can complicate generalized pustular psoriasis. People who have typical psoriasis before they experience a generalized pustular episode tend to do better than people with unusual forms of psoriasis before the pustular flare-up.

Children tend to recover well as long as serious skin infections are avoided.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/10/2015

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