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Pustules

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.

References

Habif TM. Principles of diagnosis and anatomy. In: Habif TP, ed.Clinical Dermatology

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Update Date 10/14/2012