This is a skin condition also known as Kaposi varicelliform eruption, which is rare and usually caused by a virus infection. This infection occurs where there was a pre-existing condition. In most cases, the herpes complex is the virus behind eczema herpetic hence the co-relation with atopic dermatitis.
The condition is usually not serious at first as long as the virus infection is within manageable levels. If however it becomes mild, it is considered dangerous due to high possibility of high level infection.
The condition can last for more than 2 weeks (16 days) up to 16 days. The good thing is that the recurrence of the disease is not as debilitating as the first time infection.
What causes eczema herpeticum?
As earlier noted, one of the causes of this condition is a pre-existing infection on the skin and in most cases, atopic dermatitis. There are of course other factors that may exercabate the condition and include seborrhoeic dermatitis, sunburn, burns on the skin, or skin grafts or any other second degree burn appearing on the skin. The common denominator among all these causes of eczema herpeticum is the fact that they all cause damage to the epidermis, the outer layer of the skin. The damage to this layer is a precursor to viral infection.
You will notice the first signs of eczema herpeticum characterised by rashes and small blisters, followed by fever and general tiredness. Initially, the condition may be limited to one part of the body before gradually drifting to other parts as well. Bleeding may result especially if the condition is not addressed at the right time. The skin may also become crusty.
Are there complications associated with eczema herpeticum?
There are some serious conditions that may result from the severity of this eczema herpetic and in particular the loss of eyesight due to scarring.