How are viral skin infections diagnosed?

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There are different ways to diagnose specific types of viral skin infections, but often your doctor will look at the appearance of your skin, as well as where changes in your skin's appearance are, in order to diagnose you. For example, if you have small, fluid-filled bumps around your lips that tingle, your doctor may suspect that you have herpes simplex type 1, or cold sores. Sometimes tests such as a viral culture, direct fluorescent antibody (DFA) test, skin biopsy, or a blood test can help your doctor ensure that the diagnosis is correct.

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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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