Signs and symptoms
There are 2 common forms: with or without fluid-filled bubbles on the skin (blisters).
- Tiny pimples or red areas quickly turn into oozing honey-colored, crusted patches (usually less than an inch) that spread. Typically, the face or traumatized areas of the skin are affected. Sometimes scabs may occur and they leave scars.
Mild – There are only a few of either type of lesions over a small and local area of skin, and the person feels well otherwise.
- Painless blisters (about an inch or less) occur that may break easily, often spreading to the face, trunk, arms, or legs.
Moderate – There are over 10 lesions and several small areas of the skin are affected.
Severe – There are many lesions, large areas of skin are affected, and/or the person feels ill with fever, diarrhea, or weakness.