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Viral Skin Infections
Have you noticed a strange rash or weird infection on your skin lately? Viral skin infections, which often cause troublesome skin conditions, are incredibly common and can affect anyone at any age, adults and children alike.
If you’re looking for a professional diagnosis and treatment plan, our board-certified dermatologists at Brentwood Dermatology are experienced in treating viral skin infections to help our patients find relief.
Learn more about viral skin infections by reading our helpful guide below. And if you’re experiencing any of the signs or symptoms we mention, visit a physician or dermatologist as soon as possible.
What are viral skin infections?
A viral skin infection is a type of skin infection caused by a virus rather than bacteria or another organism. The term “viral skin infections” is actually a medical category encompassing a wide range of skin conditions that are a reaction from a virus inside the body (systemic infection) or an infection of the skin itself (cutaneous infection).
Furthermore, considering viral skin infections include many different types of infections, they can range from mild to severe, very common to rare, and self-limited (the infection does not spread to others) to highly contagious.
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This depends on the type of viral skin infection. For instance, chickenpox and certain types of warts, which are viral skin infections, are very common among young children. Conversely, a viral skin infection called “orf” is less common due to it being caused by exposure to sheep.
The level of contagiousness depends on the type of viral skin infection. For example, chickenpox is highly contagious and is usually spread through direct contact with another infected person, whereas molluscum contagiosum tends to be self-limited.
Furthermore, the method by which a viral skin infection is passed may be different depending on the virus that causes it. Some may be passed by direct skin to skin contact, while others may be transferred similar to the flu or common cold.