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Secondary Infection

The skin of individuals with atopic eczema behaves as if it was immune suppressed. This means that it can be more readily infected by bacteria, viruses and fungi.

  • Staphylococcus aureus infection of the skin is very common and frequently leads to small erosions, fissures, and yellow crusting
  • Herpes simplex virus spreads much more easily in the skin affected by eczema
  • Molluscum contagiosum often spreads more easily when there is eczema
  • Viral warts are also more common
  • There is also an increased risk of fungal infections such as athlete's foot

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