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Pustular rashes 

Pustular rashes
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Pustular rashes
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10.1093/med/9780199208388.003.20
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date: 19 October 2019

Introduction316

Skin problems presenting with pustules317

Pustular rashes of the head and neck318

Pustular rashes of trunk and limbs322

Acral pustular rashes324

Pustular rashes in neonates and infants325

(figure 20.1) are elevations of the skin filled with neutrophils or occasionally other white cells such as eosinophils and they may arise from blisters. They can occur within the epidermis or below the dermo-epidermal junction or in the adnexal structures such as hair follicles (folliculitis). They are most often due to bacterial, viral, yeast, and fungal infections. They also occur secondary to mechanical trauma e.g. scratching or shaving, and are common in eczema. Sterile pustules can also occur and are seen in association with skin diseases such as acne, psoriasis or rarely with drug reactions and systemic disease (Beçhet's, Crohn's)....

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