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How do other illnesses affect viral skin infections?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Having an illness that interferes with how well your immune system works can make certain viral skin infections worse. For example, herpes zoster, or shingles, is often worse in people with immune system problems. In other cases, people with compromised immune systems, such as people living with HIV/AIDS, are susceptible to certain types of viruses and skin infections that most people do not get. An example of such an illness is Kaposi's sarcoma.

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