By Gary M. White, MD
Herpes simplex, herpes zoster and molluscum may cause a viral folliculitis.
- Many patients are immunosuppressed.
- Such a diagnosis should be suspected in patients with a clinical folliculitis that fails to respond to antibiotic treatment.
- The diagnosis is usually made histologically.
In the case of molluscum folliculitis, multiple follicular papules are seen. In the case of HSV folliculitis, the patient may present with multiple erythematous crusted, painful, follicular papules usually in the beard area or on the face. VZV folliculitis may occur in both varicella and zoster infections and may appear as nondescript, grouped, inflammatory papules.
Molluscum papules may be curetted. Herpes folliculitis responds to either acyclovir or other antiviral agent.
VZV folliculitis. Dermatology Online Journal 2016;22(1)
Br J Dermatol. 2000 Mar;142(3):555-9
Herpes Zoster Folliculitis. JAAD Case Reports January 2015 Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 38–40
Homepage | FAQs | Use of Images | Contact Dr. White
It is not the intention of RegionalDerm.com to provide specific medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. RegionalDerm.com only intends to provide users with information regarding various medical conditions for educational purposes and will not provide specific medical advice. Information on RegionalDerm.com is not intended as a substitute for seeking medical treatment and you should always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider for diagnosis and for answers to your individual questions. Information contained on RegionalDerm.com should never cause you to disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking treatment. If you live in the United States and believe you are having a medical emergency call 911 immediately.