Eczema Herpeticum

And Its Treatment

By: - Disease & Illness - February 14, 2011
eczema herpeticum

Eczema is a skin rash that is uncomfortable, and often itches. Eczema Herpeticum is caused by a person who has eczema, and is then exposed to the herpes simplex virus 1. This is the same virus that causes cold sores. When the two come together it is called Eczema Herpeticum. It is a serious medical issue and treatment should be sought as soon as possible. Indeed, if you suffer eczema it is important to not touch cold sores.

Eczema Herpeticum appears in clusters and resemble blisters, and may be accompanied by a high fever. The blisters start to appear between 5 to 12 days from exposure to the virus. If left untreated they may spread. They can reach the point where they bleed, and then will scab over. This is when they can become quite painful. The infection can spread and cover the entire body. Swollen lymph nodes are also common if the virus reaches this point.

While rare, Eczema Herpeticum can be a potentially life threatening event, so medical care should be sought right away. Yet, the seriousness of the Eczema does not have any bearing one-way or the other on how severe the Eczema Herpeticum out-breaks becomes. Since it is a virus there is no cure, but there are many antiviral therapies that can help soothe the condition.

Further, there are many forms of Eczema. For example, Nummular Eczema is allergy triggered. Itchy coin shaped patches appear on the skin with this illness. While the exact cause is not yet known, people who have a family history of Asthma and Allergies are more apt to encounter the ailment. It is an uncommon illness that usually strikes elderly men.

Nummular Eczema lesions usually are confined to the arms and legs, but can spread to the middle body area. They itch and become scaly. Moreover, they can become scabbed and ooze. To come up with a proper diagnosis your doctor may advise a skin biopsy. Stress, dry skin, and temperature changes worsen the condition.

If you are prone to outbreaks of Nummular Eczema you should avoid common triggers of outbreaks. Wool and lanolin may trigger flare-ups. If you are suffering an outbreak avoid taking too many baths and limit your use of soap so as not to dry out your skin further. Over-the-counter skin lotions may help lessen symptoms in milder cases.

However, if you are experiencing a severe outbreak your doctor may prescribe a skin ointment containing corticosteroids. For the worst cases a corticosteroids injection might be needed. This condition has no known cure, so knowing what triggers a flare-up is of paramount importance. Should the illness not respond to treatment or you develop a high fever and swollen lymph nodes seek medical help.

On the whole, Eczema Herpeticum if left untreated can be a life threatening illness. The good news is this illness is rare. The illness is caused when suffers of Eczema touch a cold sore, that is become exposed to the Herpes Simplex Virus. This condition results in clusters of blisters, and can spread over the entire body. This is a serious medical condition and medical help should be sought.


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