Pustular psoriasis is one of six different types of psoriasis. Symptoms of pustular psoriasis include white blisters surrounded by red skin, itching, and painful skin. The area can become swollen and inflamed. This type of psoriasis can occur just about anywhere on the body, including the palms, soles of the feet, legs, chest, face, scalp, genitals, and inside the mouth.
People with psoriasis are often embarrassed about their appearance, but may be particularly self-conscious about having blisters in visible places. It may cause them to withdraw from social situations and greatly impact their quality of life.
Psoriasis is caused by an overactive immune system which causes skin cells to produce new cells too rapidly, and there is no way to prevent that from happening. However, symptoms seem to worsen at times and improve at other times. Even though there is no cure for pustular psoriasis, there are some factors that you can control to improve your symptoms.
Eat a balanced diet and drink lots of water. A healthy diet, in combination with other preventative treatments, has been shown to reduce psoriasis symptoms.
Avoid alcoholic beverages. Drinking has been shown to increase symptoms of psoriasis.
Don't smoke. Smoking also makes symptoms worse.
Stress is often a trigger for psoriasis symptoms. Learn and practice stress management techniques. If you are under a lot of stress, consider seeing a counselor.
Extremes in weather, especially cold weather, have also been shown to make symptoms worse. Moving to a milder climate may not be practical, but you can probably avoid exposing the affected area to the cold.
Illness can also make symptoms of psoriasis worse. Eating a healthy diet, getting enough rest, and taking care of yourself physically can help prevent illness and thus prevent a breakout of symptoms. If you do become ill, see your doctor for treatment right away.
If you do have a breakout of blisters, don't scratch, pick at, or try to pop them. This could cause an infection or make the problem worse.
As with all types of psoriasis, there is no cure for pustular psoriasis. There are, however, a number of treatments aimed at controlling the symptoms.
Topical medications are available over the counter and by prescription. Over-the-counter medications are designed for use on thick, scaly skin, not for use on blistering psoriasis. Prescription ointments may be used on blisters. They should be used with care because they may cause skin irritation and inflammation.
Light therapy exposes the affected area to ultraviolet light. This slows the production of skin cells. It is more effective for other types of psoriasis, though, not for the pustular kind. Light therapy must be used carefully to prevent the risk of skin cancer.
Laser treatment is sometimes used for psoriasis, but it is a poor choice for pustular psoriasis because it can cause more blistering. It can also cause burns and bruising.
Oral medications and injections may be the best form of treatment for blistering psoriasis. These are very potent drugs, however, and carry the risk of many side effects, some which are quite serious. Some of the possible side effects include headache, dizziness, fever, depression, nausea, vomiting diarrhea, joint pain, insomnia, fatigue, and kidney and liver damage. Regular blood tests may be required in order to monitor liver function.
Of course, many people are very concerned about the potential side effects of traditional medical treatment for psoriasis. They are turning to natural treatments instead.
See your doctor if you have symptoms of pustular psoriasis. Ask about natural treatments if you prefer.
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