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Image Number 4855 (Erosive pustular dermatosis)


Diagnosis: Erosive pustular dermatosis

Site: Scalp

Sex: M

Age: 84


Description: Thick scale with islands of pus undermeath

Submitted by: Ian McColl

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Differential Diagnosis


 Erosive pustular dermatosis is commonly seen on the scalp of severely sun damaged individuals when the scalp is injured either from a graze or after surgery or cryotherapy to the solar damaged skin. 

The best treatment is to use a strong topical steroid cream or lotion BD. It will reform scalp epithelium within 10 days. The pus is inflammatory rather than infective.

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