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How do viral skin infections affect the body?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Different viral skin infections have different effects on the body. For example, some infections mainly affect the skin, such as molluscum contagiosum. Other infections, such as roseola infantum, cause other bodily symptoms, such as a high fever. Still other infections, such as genital herpes, can not only cause sores on the skin and genital area, but can occasionally lead to body-wide illnesses such as meningitis and problems for newborn babies. Like herpes, the virus that causes chickenpox does not go away after the initial illness; it can come back decades later as shingles.

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