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Palmoplantar Pustulosis: A Case Report


Introduction: Dermatology complaints account for 3.3% of emergency department (ED) visits per year. Most rashes are benign, but there are a select few that emergency physicians must be familiar with as delay in treatment could be life threatening.

Case Report: A well-appearing, 76-year-old male presented to the ED with multiple coalescing pustules to his palms and soles and was transferred to the nearest tertiary care hospital for dermatology consult. He was diagnosed with palmoplantar pustulosis and discharged home with a five-day course of clobetasol propionate 0.05% cream twice daily and outpatient dermatology follow-up.

Conclusion: Palmoplantar pustulosis is an uncommon skin condition characterized by recurrent eruptions of sterile pustules localized to the palms and soles. Emergency physician awareness of this rare diagnosis may help prevent hospital admissions and lead to earlier initiation of treatment with outpatient dermatology follow-up.

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