What other skin conditions are associated with pediatric atopic dermatitis (AD) develop?

Updated: Apr 26, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Less commonly, patients with atopic dermatitis may develop an explosive vesicular eruption known as Kaposi varicelliform eruption or eczema herpeticum. Vesicles and pustules are typically umbilicated and are initially confined to eczematous skin but may later spread to normal skin. Later in the course of the disease, erosions may be commonplace and confluent, resulting in denuded areas. Tzanck smear of vesicles or a viral culture confirms the diagnosis. Treatment is with acyclovir (if mild, administer 25-30 mg/kg/d, up to 200 mg 5 times per day orally; if severe, administer 5 mg/kg/dose every 8 h or 1.5 g/m2/d intravenously).

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