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Do viral skin infections affect children differently than adults?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Some viral skin infections mainly affect children; they are so common that most people get them during childhood. For example, roseola infantum (sixth disease) is caused by human herpesvirus 6. Chickenpox is another example of a common infectious virus (varicella-zoster) that causes skin sores; vaccination is now available. Adults who get chickenpox may suffer from more severe symptoms than children do, and people with lowered immunity may have the most complications from the virus.

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