Primary and Secondary Complications

Common types of complications:

  • Bacterial infections
  • Viral infections
  • Fungal infections
  • Infestations

Dermatologic conditions frequently seen in atopic dermatitis patients:

  • Impetigo
  • Molluscum contagiosum
  • Eczema herpeticum
  • Eczema coxsackium
  • Fungal (tinea) and yeast (candida)
  • Infestations (scabies)

Secondary bacterial infection is a common concomitant finding. Impetiginized plaques may develop thick yellow (honey-colored) crusts. Antibiotics should cover Staphylococcus aureus.

Lesions may become infected with herpes simplex virus (HSV), which can be treated with antiviral therapy.