Eczema herpeticum (Kaposi varicelliform eruption)

Eczema herpeticum is a rare but severe disseminated herpes infection that generally occurs at sites of skin damage produced by, for example, atopic dermatitis, burns, or eczema.

Etiology:

herpes simplex virus type 1 or 2, but may also be caused by coxsackievirus A16, or vaccinia virus.

Presentation:

infection affects multiple organs, including the eyes, brain, lung, and liver, and can be fatal.

Treatment and Management:

 treated with systemic antiviral drugs, such as acyclovir or valaciclovir

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