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J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2003 Oct;112(4):667-74.

Viral infections in atopic dermatitis: pathogenic aspects and clinical management.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology and Allergy, Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich, Germany.


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.

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