eczema herpeticum

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1. any superficial inflammatory process involving primarily the epidermis, marked early by redness, itching, minute papules and vesicles, weeping, oozing, and crusting, and later by scaling, lichenification, and often pigmentation.
2. atopic dermatitis.

Eczema is a common allergic reaction in children but it also occurs in adults, usually in a more severe form. Childhood eczema often begins in infancy, the rash appearing on the face, neck, and folds of elbows and knees. It may disappear by itself when an offending food is removed from the diet, or it may become more extensive and in some instances cover the entire surface of the body. Severe eczema can be complicated by skin infections. Childhood eczema may persist for several years or return after the child is older. Persons suffering from childhood eczema may develop another allergic condition later, most often hay fever or asthma.
Cause and Treatment. Eczema is sometimes caused by an allergic sensitivity to foods such as milk, fish, or eggs. Inhalant allergens such as dust and pollens rarely cause eczema. Treatment involves the use of soothing baths, moisturizing creams, topical steroids, and oral antihistamines to alleviate itching. See also allergy.
eczema herpe´ticum disseminated herpes simplex (see kaposi's varicelliform eruption).
eczema margina´tum tinea cruris.
eczema vaccina´tum disseminated vaccinia (see kaposi's varicelliform eruption).

ec·ze·ma her·pe·t'i·cum

a febrile condition caused by cutaneous dissemination of herpesvirus type 1, occurring most commonly in children, consisting of a widespread eruption of vesicles that rapidly become umbilicated pustules; clinically indistinguishable from a generalized vaccinia. The two may be distinguished by electron microscopy or demonstration of inclusion bodies in smears, which are intranuclear in eczema herpeticum and intracytoplasmic in eczema vaccinatum.

eczema herpeticum

a generalized vesiculopustular rash caused by herpes simplex virus or vaccinia virus infection of a preexisting rash such as atopic dermatitis. Also called Kaposi's varicelliform eruption.
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Eczema herpeticum

ec·ze·ma her·pe·ti·cum

(ek'sĕ-mă her-pet'i-kŭm)
A febrile condition caused by cutaneous dissemination of herpesvirus type 1, occurring most commonly in children, consisting of a widespread eruption of vesicles that rapidly become umbilicated pustules.
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Burn leads to a defective skin barrier and impaired immunity due to which the burn patient becomes prone to infections and this may lead to the development of eczema herpeticum.
The current study was planned to examine the clinical features, course and response to specific antiviral treatment during the episode of eczema herpeticum in burn patients.
Eczema herpeticum in children: clinical features and factors predictive of hospitalization.
A Life-Threatening Condition In A Child With Chicken Pox: Eczema Herpeticum.
It is not clear which patients with atopic dermatitis are more at risk for developing eczema herpeticum.
8) However, topical calcineurin inhibitors do seem to pose a higher risk and are thus contraindicated during an eczema herpeticum infection.
Kaposi's varicelliform eruption is a disseminated eruption of HSV on skin already affected with another dermatitis; eczema herpeticum refers specifically to the occurrence of an eruption on skin affected by atopic dermatitis.
Several tests are available to detect the presence of HSV in the skin lesions of eczema herpeticum.
Before the advent of acyclovir, the mortality rate of eczema herpeticum was 75%.
Most of the studies on the treatment of eczema herpeticum have been on acyclovir; a 7-day course of IV therapy is typical.
The unusual confluence of viral infections (molluscum contagiosum, viral warts, eczema herpeticum, cytomegalovirus infection, and chronic herpes simplex virus infection) directs the clinician to focus on a genodermatosis as the cause of these diseases.