Science of Skin

Viral skin conditions

Snapshot Other common terms: Cold sores, herpes, genital herpes, HSV ICD-10 classification: A60, asrc="plugins/editors/jce/tiny_mce/themes/advanced/langs/en.js?version=156" target="_blank" href="http:/>B00, P35.2 Prevalence: HSV1 56-76% of general population, HSV2 23-33% of general population Causes: Direct contact infection; genital herpes (HSV2) is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) Symptoms: Fluid-filled blisters on and around the site of infection. Treatments/cures: Cannot be cured. Treatment with guanosine analogues is common. Introduction Herpes Simplex Virus magnified Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection (called cold sores and genital herpes depending on the site of infection) is a common infection which results from…
Snapshot Other common terms: HPV, papillomavirus, warts (symptom) ICD-10 classification: B97.7 Prevalence: Very common; exact incidence of HPV is unknown. Causes: Direct contact. Symptoms: Warts Treatments/cures: A vaccine for certain strains of HPV has been developed in recent years. General warts are treated with a range of topical medications or minor surgery. Introduction Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) typically infects the cells of the skin and results in warts. Warts are an abnormal skin growth on the skin, taking on a variety of different appearances, and in any region of skin.…
Snapshot Other common terms: VZV, chickenpox (varicella), shingles (herpes zoster) ICD-10 classification: B01, B02 Prevalence: Very common with up to 1,500:100,000 reported. Causes: Airborne transmission Symptoms: Incubation period (2 weeks): fever, general malaise, abdominal pain, headache. Followed by skin lesions; a rash which eventually crust and heal. Treatments/cures: No known cure. Treatment is generally avoided except in extreme cases. Relief of rash is mainstay of treatment. Skin lesion (chickenpox) from VZV infection The varicella zoster virus (VZV) is the cause of chickenpox (varicella), and shingles (herpes zoster). Varicella occurs as…

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