Common skin infections in children: Folliculitis and herpes
In the fourth part of our series about common skin infections in children, Michael J Sladden and Graham A Johnston review folliculitis and herpes
Childhood skin infections are commonly seen in both primary care and dermatology practice worldwide. They consume considerable resources and need careful management. However, education and reassurance of patients and parents, combined with simple treatment and self management, play a vital part in successful treatment. We recently reviewed six common childhood skin infections: molluscum contagiosum, cutaneous viral warts, impetigo, tinea capitis, scabies, and head lice. We now review two more skin infections commonly seen in children, des cribing the epidemiology, clinical features, and treatment of each. For conditions with limited evidence, we provide pragmatic advice and recommendations.
We searched Medline, Embase, and the Cochrane Library by using the terms “folliculitis,” and “herpes simplex virus.” We included randomised trials, reviews, meta-analyses, and guidelines.
Uncomplicated folliculitis is managed by removing causative factors and cleansing with topical antiseptics. Antiseptics, including chlorhexidine, triclosan, and povidone-iodine, can be used as creams or lotions, soap substitutes, and