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Pustular Psoriasis (cont.)

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 complete blood count will often reveal reduced lymphocytes (lymphopenia), a type of white blood cell with a large number of another type of leukocyte called polymorphonuclear leukocytes, as high as 40,000 per microliter of blood.
  • The erythrocyte sedimentation rate is typically elevated, indicating inflammation.
  • Serum chemistry (breakdown of the levels of various components of your blood) can reveal increased plasma globulins (a type protein in the blood) and decreased albumin (a simple protein), calcium, and zinc.

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 9/11/2017

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