Treating eczema herpeticum

Dermatitis can leave a person vulnerable to eczema herpeticum, an uncommon but potentially life-threatening condition

Eczema herpeticum is a serious, potentially life-threatening viral skin infection, usually caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 or 2 (see figure 1).

Eroded papules with surface crusting in eczema herpeticum affecting the face
Figure 1: Eroded papules with surface crusting in eczema herpeticum affecting the face

It is often seen as a complication of atopic dermatitis but may occur in other chronic skin barrier conditions, such as Darier's disease.1

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