Viral skin infections are those infections which are caused by viruses and not by bacteria or fungi. That’s why, they respond to antiviral drugs only and not antibacterial or antifungal drugs. Viruses are tiny germs that cannot be seen with naked eye. Viral infection rashes appear in a typical pattern, which is further confirmed through laboratory testings. There are many viral skin infections ranging from mild (common cold) severe (HIV – AIDS) and they can be localized or generalized.

Localized viral skin infections include Herpes simplex, Herpes zoster, Molluscum contagiosum, Warts and orf. Viral infections that produce rash on the skin include Measles, German measles, Chickenpox, Erythema infectiosum, Roseola, Pityriasis rosea, Adenovirus infection, Epstein barr virus and Primary HIV infection. Other viral infections with skin involvement include Hand, Foot and Mouth disease, Crost-Gianotti syndrome and Kaposi’s sarcoma. (Details of each virus will be shared in the coming blogs).

The common symptoms of viral infections include fever, malaise, fatigue, headache, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, sore throat, difficulty breathing and runny nose. Almost all viral infections get better by themselves and no medicinal treatment is required; however, some cases require antiviral medicine for a due course of time. At Rao Dermatology, we have solution for every discomfort cause to you by viruses. Let us deal with all your skin issues safely. Book an appointment now…

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