Also known as generalized pustular psoriasis, von Zumbusch psoriasis is named after German dermatologist Leo Ritter von Zumbusch, who described the first documented case of generalized pustular psoriasis in the early 1900s. It is a severe type of psoriasis that can be life-threatening.
Von Zumbusch psoriasis can affect anyone at any age. However, it is more common among the elderly. It also tends to affect more males than females.
Instead of plaques, patients with von Zumbusch psoriasis develop pus-filled blisters on their body.
First, the skin becomes red abruptly and spreads in flexural areas such as the insides of the elbows and the armpits. Then, white pustules will appear on the affected areas after a few hours. These pustules will later form lakes of pus, which can rupture and become infected easily. After the pustules dry up, the skin appears glazed and smooth.
Other symptoms of von Zumbusch psoriasis are severe itching, dehydration, and fever and chills.
When there are complications in the immune system, it causes psoriasis. However, nobody knows what causes von Zumbusch psoriasis.
Researchers believe that multiple factors trigger von Zumbusch psoriasis. Some of the triggers are irritating topical creams, pregnancy, and too many oral medications.
It is also known that stopping the intake of oral steroids is dangerous for patients with this type of psoriasis. While consuming oral steroids, they do clear up psoriasis. However, the symptoms of psoriasis become worse when the patient stops taking the steroids.
Von Zumbusch is a severe type of psoriasis and patients with this disease often need to be hospitalized. Treatment for von Zumbusch include antibiotics and a regimen of topical and oral medication.
Other forms of therapy include ultraviolet light therapy. This treatment is when the patient has passed the severe stage of pustule development.
If you believe you are suffering from von Zumbusch psoriasis, consult a dermatologist immediately. With the right treatment and medication, you can control the symptoms of this psoriasis.
Learn more about the other types of psoriasis but visiting http://www.mypsoriasis.my/psoriasis-types-and-other-similar-skin-conditions.