Skin disease photos may be pictures of skin conditions with many different causes. So to make them easier to track and use, I've organized them by their causes.
If you're looking for pictures of skin diseases caused by bacteria, fungus, allergies, hormonal imbalances, or even unknown causes, they are all on separate pages. You'll find links to them toward the bottom of this page.
But, if you want to see pictures of viral skin diseases primarily affecting children, you'll find them here.
Many viral skin diseases are childhood diseases, or primarily childhood diseases. We'll deal with them first. The accompanying skin disease photos, mostly taken from Wikipedia, should help you recognize them. They are:
Roseola Infantum - This disease, usually affecting babies and small children under the age of two, is also known as sixth disease, or as three day measles.
Until recently the cause was unknown, but they have now discovered it is caused by one of two human herpes viruses. (HHV-6) or (HHV-7).
It usually causes a high fever for three days, and when the fever begins to go down and the child seems to be recovering, the rash appears.
The rash doesn't itch, and lasts only a day or two. It usually starts on the trunk of the child's body and from there spreads to the arms, legs, and other parts of the body.
Fifth Disease -This rash is caused by another virus called the erythrovirus. Apparently they've changed the name of the virus recently, before it was known as the parvovirus B19.
The most noticeable symptom is a bright red rash on the cheeks, and at times a lacy looking rash on the rest of the body. This is another disease that usually affects small children, but if teens or adults get it, it can cause arthritis like symptoms and joint swelling.
It can also be dangerous to pregnant women, causing the loss of their child through miscarriage.
And for those having rare blood diseases, such as sickle cell anemia, or other chronic anemias, it may cause a blood problem called aplastic crisis, where the person's blood is unable to make a necessary precursor to red blood cells.
The virus is spread through normal body secretions such as saliva and mucous, but the secretions are infectious for four or five days before the rash starts.
So, by the time the rash occurs, the child is no longer contagious, and doesn't need to be kept home. Therefore the only protection from infection, is to avoid working with small children, if you are in a high risk group.
Teachers, day care workers, mothers, and school children are those most likely to be infected.
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease - This rash is usually caused by the Coxsackie A virus, or by the Enterovirus 71.
It usually infects babies and small children, but adults with compromised immune systems may also be affected.
It is spread through saliva, mucous, or feces, so nursery schools, kindergartens, or elementary schools may have many children getting sick with it, during summer and fall months.
It can cause throwing up, fever, sore throat, headache, an overall sick feeling, and tiredness. It also causes blisters and sores around and in the mouth, as well as on the hands and feet. Additionally, there may be a rash on the body, but it usually doesn't itch.
Complications aren't common, but they can occur, so if this condition worsens, or doesn't get better after a week or so, you should see a doctor.
Hopefully these skin disease photos will help with its identification.
Chicken Pox -The scientific name is Varicella zoster virus (VZV). It is
spread through the air, and those infected are contagious starting from
four or five days before the rash occurs, until after all the rash has
It starts with a rash on the trunk and head of the body, and then spreads to the arms and legs. The rash usually forms open oozing sores before healing, but fortunately the sores usually heal without scarring.
As we look at these skin disease photos we can be thankful so few of these diseases cause scarring.
It can usually take from a week and a half, to slightly over two weeks, for a person to come down with chicken pox after they are exposed, so that leaves a lot of time for them to infect others before they realize they have it.
Although it usually isn't serious in children, there is a serious late complication known as Shingles.
Older people get
Shingles when the virus reactivates later in life, many years after
their first bout of chicken pox. My husband had it a few years ago, and believe me, it IS serious.
I hope you'll find these skin disease photos helpful in learning to recognize and avoid contagious childhood skin diseases caused by viruses.
If you're interested in viral skin diseases that affect adults as frequently as children, click on the previous link to explore that page.
To explore pictures of skin diseases without a known cause, please visit this page.
Those diseases caused by allergic reactions are covered on the allergic skin diseases page.
If you'd like more information about those caused by bacteria or fungi, you'll find it on the contagious skin diseases page.
Additionally, we plan to explore what can be done to improve and maintain your skin's health. This will enable you to better resist contagious skin diseases, should you be exposed to them.
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