A papule is usually described as a circumscribed, small, flat bump of skin, varying from an insignificant pinhead to up to 5 cm in size.
Papules are normally red, purplish, or bluish in color, and may cluster together to form a pustular papule. They can become crusty and inflamed and close when irritated. They can occur anywhere on the body but are most common on the face, neck, shoulders, back, and legs.
Papules are a type of skin disorder characterized by small growths, sometimes irregular in shape. The condition occurs as a result of injury to the immune system, and it is not a life-threatening condition, except for the fact that they may cause scarring. The symptoms of a pustule include severe itching, burning sensation, redness, warmth, pain and swelling.
It is important to recognize the pustule, especially the location where it is located, to make sure that it does not bleed or become infected.
Papulopustular skin conditions can appear at any time in a person’s life, beginning at an early age. In most cases, the condition is seen in childhood and does not go away by the end of adolescence. There are some rare cases, however, where the condition worsens during adulthood. In infants, a pustule is common and does not require immediate medical attention. In some instances, however, the condition can be very serious and may need to be attended to.
Papulopustular pustules are not contagious and can occur anywhere on the body, but are more common on the face, neck, arms, hands, legs and feet.
While they are not dangerous, their appearance can frighten and even irritate some individuals. Papules, as they appear, may be a little odd looking but if it is irritated or swollen, it may be very bothersome. Although the condition is not life threatening, it may be embarrassing for the individual and may be difficult to hide when going out.
Papulopustular pustules may occur at any age but are most common after the age of thirty to fifty. The condition may also occur at any age if not treated. However, they are not always the result of a disease and do not develop at the same time.
If a person has a history of the disease, he or she is at an increased risk for developing a pustule, although it is not an absolute certainty.
Some people with a history of cancer, diabetes, or cancer of the kidney can also develop the condition. In other cases, the condition may be triggered by a genetic factor. Some medications can trigger the occurrence of a pustule. People who have had thyroid issues in the family, kidney problems, HIV, leukemia, or liver disease are also more likely to develop the condition. In fact, people with any type of chronic illness, or a history of allergies, can develop this condition.
People with HIV may find themselves at a higher risk for developing pustules.
There are a variety of ways to treat pustules, including medication, surgery, freezing, and salicylic acid, among others. A pustule remover can be purchased over the counter at your local pharmacy or from your doctor. However, it is important to remember that these treatments are not permanent solutions and may cause scarring, especially if the treatment is repeated too often or for an extended period of time.
In some cases, there may be no immediate need for papule removers, but if the condition becomes more persistent or affects areas of the body, a doctor may recommend a more severe treatment such as surgery or radiation. Fortunately, surgery is usually the last resort for many cases of this condition. However, if you have any questions about whether you may need to consider surgery, or if you are unsure about the best course of action, you should speak to your physician.