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Volume 38: Issue 1: 2008




A  huge  number  of  infections  affect  the  skin  either  directly, as  the primary site of infection, or indirectly, by virtue of causing an exanthem or other secondary  eruption, such  as  erythema  multiforme  or  vasculitis. Space  does  not permit significant discussion of such indirect associations so most of this review concentrates  on  direct  skin  infection  and  is  highly  selective. The  emphasis  is  on disorders that are common but that may have significant health implications, and on  some  rarer  but  readily  diagnosable  disorders. Thus, the  topics  chosen  for review are streptococcal cellulitis of the leg, staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome, herpes  simplex  and  varicella  zoster  infections, and  a  potpourri  of  tropical  skin infections that may present in returning travellers.