Cutaneous manifestations of infections: an update for general physicians

Clin Med (Lond). 2021 May;21(3):174-176. doi: 10.7861/clinmed.2021-0262.


Infection rashes can present in a number of different ways, some giving a reactive pattern in the skin to infection elsewhere in the body, while others reflect infection within the affected skin itself. Recognising the possible systemic symptoms, characteristic distribution and morphology of rashes can lead to a high degree of accuracy in making a clinical diagnosis in the clinic room/at the bedside that can be confirmed with a few simple laboratory tests.

Keywords: COVID-19; cutaneous manifestations; scabies; shingles; varicella-zoster virus.

MeSH terms

  • Exanthema*
  • Humans
  • Physicians*
  • Skin