VIRAL INFECTIONS

Viral Skin Infections

Molluscum Contagiosum
Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin infection that causes either single or multiple raised, pearl-like bumps (papules) on the skin.

Shingles
Shingles (herpes zoster) results from a reactivation of the virus that also causes chickenpox.

Chickenpox
Chickenpox (varicella), a viral illness characterized by a very itchy red rash, is one of the most common infectious diseases of childhood.

Viral exanthem
An exanthem is any eruptive skin rash that may be associated with fever or other systemic symptoms. Causes include infectious pathogens, medication reactions and, occasionally, a combination of both. In children, exanthems are most often related to infection and, of these, viral infections are the most common.

The most important thing is to identify the causative drug and if possible, stop it. If the reaction is mild, and the drug is essential and not replaceable, obtain a specialist opinion whether it is safe to continue the drug before doing so.

  • Monitor the patient carefully in case of complications.
  • Apply emollients and potent topical steroid creams.
  • Consider wet wraps for very red, inflamed skin.
  • Antihistamines are often prescribed, but in general they not very helpful.