Conditions > Skin > Viral skin infections
Medical termsMorbilli, rubella, varicella, herpes
Common termsMeasles, german measles, chickenpox, cold sores, shingles
OverviewMany 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 signsSymptoms 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.
• See also Warts and genital skin conditions
TreatmentTreatment will depend on effective diagnosis and so a consultation with a Dermatologist is recommended.
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.