What is Erosive pustular dermatosis of the scalp (EPDS)?

  • Erosive pustular dermatosis of the scalp is a relatively uncommon condition and is more likely to affect older individuals than younger.
  • The cause is not known but it is thought that trauma or injury plays an important role in development of the condition. Patients with a history of extensive sun damage or history of other trauma to the scalp seen to be more likely to develop this condition.
  • Individuals with the condition often develop crusted erosions on the scalp some of which have pus. The crusts can sometimes be lifted from the scalp to reveal the erosions.

How is erosive pustular dermatosis diagnosed?

  • A scalp biopsy can confirm the suspected diagnosis and help rule out other conditions that can look very similar.

What is the treatment for EPDS?

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