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How common are viral skin infections?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
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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