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Will my viral skin infection go away on its own without treatment?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Some viral skin infections may go away on their own without treatment, while, in the case of other infections, the virus remains in your body for life and may or may not cause your symptoms to recur. Molluscum contagiosum is an example of a viral skin infection that may disappear on its own without treatment; infection with different types of herpes viruses is an example of a type of virus that remains in your body. If you have symptoms of a viral skin infection, talk to your doctor, who will advise you of what treatment steps are needed.

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