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Allergic Skin Disorders

Picture of Palmoplantar Pustulosis

Picture of Palmoplantar Pustulosis

Palmoplantar pustulosis is a chronic skin disease that causes painful fluid filled blisters on the palms and soles. It is also called pustular psoriasis and pustulosis palmaris et plantaris.

Beside the many pus-filled vesicles (pustules), symptoms of palmoplantar pustulosis include thickened, scaly, red skin that can easily crack. The cause of the disease is unknown; it occurs mostly in smokers.

A certain percentage of patients with palmoplantar pustulosis also suffer from chronic plaque psoriasis.

Treatments for the condition include coal tar, topical steroids, and phototherapy.

Image Source: Color Atlas & Synopsis of Pediatric Dermatology Kay Shou-Mei Kane, Jen Bissonette Ryder, Richard Allen Johnson, Howard P. Baden, Alexander Stratigos Copyright 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies. All rights reserved.

Text Reference: American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Palmoplantar Pustulosis"