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Viral skin infections


Medical terms

Morbilli, rubella, varicella, herpes

Common terms

Measles, german measles, chickenpox, cold sores, shingles


Many viral skin infections can cause a rash or sores on the skin. Typically a rash occurs for a period of time and then resolves. However other viruses can lie dormant and become activated at a later time.

Symptoms and signs

Symptoms can range from a red blotchy rash, swollen glands and fever and blisters. Viral skin infections can be confused with other skin conditions and so tests may be needed to make the diagnosis.


Treatment will depend on effective diagnosis and so a consultation with a Dermatologist is recommended.
•  See also Warts and genital skin conditions

Viral skin infections
Cold sores on the lip
Viral skin infections can be confused with other skin conditions.
This information is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to be used for self-diagnosis and treatment. An accurate diagnosis can only be determined through a face to face consultation with a qualified Dermatologist.
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