Viral infections of the skin: clinical features and treatment options
Heather Newton Consultant nurse tissue viability, Dermatology Unit, Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, Truro
Viral infections of the skin can cause significant distress and embarrassment for people who are affected. This article explores four specific viral infections that manifest on the skin: herpes simplex, herpes zoster, viral warts and molluscum contagiosum. It describes the presentation and appearance of the virus as it affects the skin and what can be done to minimise the spread of the virus. Management options are considered, although many of these conditions are self-limiting.
Nursing Standard. 27, 52,43-47. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.08.27.52.43.e7675
Received: 14 March 2013
Accepted: 24 June 2013
Published in print: 28 August 2013Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review