Are viral skin infections serious?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Viral skin infections may be more serious for certain groups of people than for others. The specific kind of infection also affects how serious the infection is likely to be. People with compromised immune systems, the elderly, or very young people may be more affected by viral skin infections. For example, shingles occurs mostly in adults, but elderly people may continue to have pain even after the active infection goes away. Another example is molluscum contagiosum, which tends to occur in children, people living with HIV/AIDS, and people who are sexually active. This viral skin disease is one that does not always need treatment.

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