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How is palmoplantar pustulosis (PPP) diagnosed?

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To determine if you have palmoplantar pustulosis (PPP), your doctor will check your skin. Most often, she'll take a painless scrape or swab of the area.

Sometimes, she'll need to remove a small piece of skin to confirm PPP. The area will be numbed, and you may need a few stitches afterward. Your doctor will look at the tissue under a microscope to see if you have PPP.

SOURCES:

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Palmoplantar Pustulosis."

British Association of Dermatologists: "Palmoplantar Pustulosis."

Canadian Medical Association: "Palmoplantar pustulosis."

Mayo Clinic: "Psoriasis."

Melwani, P. November 2009. JAMA Dermatology,

National Center for Biotechnology Information: "Rapid Improvement of Palmoplantar Psoriasis after Cessation of Smoking."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Phototherapy."

UpToDate: "Palmoplantar pustulosis: Treatment."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on November 13, 2018

SOURCES:

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Palmoplantar Pustulosis."

British Association of Dermatologists: "Palmoplantar Pustulosis."

Canadian Medical Association: "Palmoplantar pustulosis."

Mayo Clinic: "Psoriasis."

Melwani, P. November 2009. JAMA Dermatology,

National Center for Biotechnology Information: "Rapid Improvement of Palmoplantar Psoriasis after Cessation of Smoking."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Phototherapy."

UpToDate: "Palmoplantar pustulosis: Treatment."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on November 13, 2018

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