Pustules are small, inflamed, pus-filled, blister-like sores (lesions) on the skin surface.
Pustules are common in
and (inflammation of the hair follicle). They may occur anywhere on the body, but are most commonly seen in these areas:
- Over the breastbone
- Sweaty areas, such as the groin or armpit
Pustules may be a sign of an infection. They should be checked by a health care provider and may need to be tested (cultured) for bacteria or fungus.
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Marks JG, Miller JJ. Pustules. In: Marks JG, Miller JJ, eds. Lookingbill and Marks' Principles of Dermatology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2013:chap 12.
- Last reviewed on 10/31/2016
- Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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