The role of psychological factors in palmoplantar pustulosis

J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2002 Jul;16(4):325-7. doi: 10.1046/j.1468-3083.2002.00538.x.


Objective: The aim of the present study was to find out whether emotional stress is related to palmoplantar pustulosis (PPP).

Subjects and methods: Our 21 patients with palmoplantar pustulosis and 21 age- and sex-matched controls were studied with the help of a psychological interview and two psychological tests: Eysenk's Personality Questionnaire for Adults (EPQ-A) and Inventory of Situations and Response of Anxiety (ISRA).

Results: Anxiety, ranging from moderate to severe was higher in PPP patients than in controls (P < 0.001).

Conclusion: Our findings seem to indicate that stress may be related to exacerbation of the palmoplantar pustulosis.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Anxiety / diagnosis
  • Anxiety / psychology
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Cohort Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality
  • Psoriasis / diagnosis*
  • Psoriasis / epidemiology
  • Psoriasis / psychology*
  • Reference Values
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Sex Distribution
  • Spain / epidemiology
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Surveys and Questionnaires