Viral skin infections are relatively common, often affecting children who have not yet developed a natural immunity. When these infections occur, patients in Oregon and Washington can turn to Silver Falls Dermatology for effective diagnosis and treatment options.
Common Types of Viral Skin Infections
Several viruses may cause symptoms in the skin, such as rashes, bumps, blisters or irritation. In many cases, these viral infections are more likely to affect children. Some examples of common viral infections include:
- Hand, foot and mouth disease
- Herpes simplex
- Molluscum contagiosum
- Pityriasis rosea
- Shingles (herpes zoster)
What Causes Viral Skin Infections?
Most viral skin infections are caused by one of three major groups of viruses: poxvirus (such as chickenpox), human papillomavirus and herpes virus. These are often spread through direct contact with an infected person or something they have touched. These viruses may enter the body through either the skin or mucous membranes.
Treatment Options for Viral Skin Infections
Treatment for viral skin infections will vary depending on the specific virus and the severity of symptoms. In a majority of cases, topical or oral medications will be prescribed. As needed, your provider may also recommend anti-inflammatory medications to reduce discomfort. Topical creams, ointments or cold compresses may also be recommended to relieve symptoms as you recover.