How common are viral skin infections?

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There are different types of viral skin infections, and some are more common than others. Some very common types of viral skin infections include warts, herpes virus infections, and molluscum contagiosum. In fact, most people - 85 percent of the general population - have antibodies to the type 1 herpes virus, which means that 85 percent of people have been exposed to this virus. Shingles, which is caused by the herpes zoster virus, affects between 10 to 20 percent of adults. About 10 percent of people have warts of different types.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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