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Pustules

Definition

Pustules are small, inflamed, pus-filled, blister-like lesions on the skin surface.

Considerations

Pustules are common in acne . They may occur anywhere on the body, but are most commonly seen in the following areas:

  • Back
  • Face
  • Over the breastbone
  • Shoulders
  • Sweaty areas such as the groin or armpit

Pustules may be a sign of a bacterial infection, and should be checked by a health care provider.

Common Causes

Home Care

Call your health care provider if

What to expect at your health care provider's office

References

Habif TM. Principles of diagnosis and anatomy. In: Habif TP, ed. . 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 1.

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