Am I more likely to get a viral skin infection in some areas of the world?

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Skin infections and other problems are one of the top illnesses for travelers to report on their return home. The most frequent skin infections in travelers are bacterial and fungal, but some viral infections do affect the skin. For example, dengue fever is caused by any one of four types of dengue virus; along with other symptoms, people infected by the virus may have a skin rash. If you have recently traveled and are concerned about changes you have noticed in your skin, you should talk to your doctor.

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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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