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Viral Skin Diseases

Picture of Varicella-Zoster Virus Infection Close-Up

Picture of Varicella-Zoster Virus Infection: Close-Up

Varicella-zoster virus (shingles) infection causes a dry, crusty, itchy rash on the affected area. Sores start as clear vesicles and then crust over. The rash occurs on a background of red, irritated skin. The sores usually heal in 2 to 4 weeks.

Image Source: Fitzpatrick's Color Atlas & Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology Klaus Wolff, Richard Allen Johnson, Dick Suurmond Copyright 2005, 2001, 1997, 1993 by The McGraw-Hill Companies. All Rights reserved.

Text Reference: "Shingles (Herpes Zoster)." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.