By Gary M. White, MD

Herpes simplex, herpes zoster and molluscum may cause a viral folliculitis.


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.


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Herpes Zoster Folliculitis. JAAD Case Reports January 2015 Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 38–40


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