Viral infections in atopic dermatitis: Pathogenic aspects and clinical management

A Wollenberg, S Wetzel, W H C Burgdorf, J Haas

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A number of different widespread and disseminated viral infections can occur in patients with atopic dermatitis. Eczema molluscatum is troublesome but not dangerous. Although eczema vaccinatum is rare, it is life-threatening and of increased concern as smallpox vaccinations are reintroduced as a response to possible bioterrorism. There is little information on the course of smallpox itself in atopic dermatitis. Eczema herpeticum is the most common member of this group; recent advances in understanding its pathogenesis might contribute to a more successful management of this serious complication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)667-674
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2003

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