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What are Pustules And How To Treat Them?


Pustules are small fluid or pus-filled bumps that are formed on your skin.

The prevalence of Pustular Psoriasis in Japan has been estimated at 7.46 per million.[1]

-Can be self-diagnosed
-Can be self-treated
-It is medium-term, resolves within months
-Lab test or imaging are not required

Pustules are tiny, white bumps surrounded by red skin. They may be caused due to hormonal imbalances and changes. They may also appear due to skin conditions like acne or an allergic reaction.


- The appearance of a small bump, typically white or red in colour.
- Maybe painful and the skin surrounding it may turn red.
- Multiple pustules may indicate a bacterial infection. Seek immediate medical attention if the following symptoms accompany your pustule:

- Fever
- Clammy skin
- Nausea
- Vomiting
- Diarrhea
Pain in the area around a pustule


Self-care: Small pustules generally do not require any treatment and may go away on their own.
- Washing the pustule with a mild cleanser may help
- Over the counter medications containing peroxide, sulfur, and salicylic acids like soaps or creams may help treat small pustules
- Avoid popping your pustules as it may cause skin infection or damage to the skin.
Medication: If the pustules persist, it may be a result of bacterial infection.
- Your doctor may recommend oral antibiotics like doxycycline and amoxicillin, or topical agents like dapsone and prescription strength salicylic acid.
- In very severe cases, photodynamic therapy may be used.

Specialists: Pustules are a common phenomenon and generally do not require medical attention. However, timely medical care should be sought if the pustules are persistent and recurrent. Feel free to contact our doctors at mfine for professional advice on any issues related to your overall health or well-being.

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