Eczema Herpeticum

When dermatitis turns into eczema herpeticum, the problems that a patient is facing can be difficult to overcome.


Dermatitis is a common skin disorder that many people face, but this condition can worsen and cause an uncommon condition called eczema herpeticum. It generally appears after the first symptoms of dermatitis, and it is caused when an infection is present in the patient during the outbreak.

When the dermatitis attacks the skin in a person with a healthy immune system, the body is able to fight the condition off. However, when the immune system is weak the skin is compromised, and it is unable to fight off the infection, which will then make its way into the skins barrier and display the physical symptoms of the condition.


The symptoms of eczema herpeticum are:

  • swollen, red pits that are present on the skin.
  • rash, often said to have a scalloped appearance,
  • possibly high fever
  • a high level of fatigue during an outbreak.

While a typical case of dermatitis will not spread to other areas of the skin that is healthy, this condition will allow the infection to spread to healthy areas within a time frame of 2 to 3 weeks.

If the patient exhibits symptoms of the condition, there is generally a test taken to determine if the condition is present. The sample is taken from an area of the skin where the lesion is present, and then it is tested. If the test comes back positive, the patient will be provided with the treatment needed.


The treatment used for eczema herpeticum is based upon each patient's unique case:

  • topical creams may clear up the infection on the skin,
  • antibiotic or an antiviral drug like acyclovyr, which will remove the infection from the body and allow it to begin the process of healing.

While creams can help mask the symptoms, without actually treating the infection, the condition will often stay persistent. Also, while it may seem overwhelming when eczema herpeticum is present, getting treatment from a medical professional will allow you to quickly recover - both externally and internally.

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