Viral Exanthem Overview
What is a viral exanthem?
A person with a viral exanthem has a rash caused by a viral infection. Viral exanthems are most common in children, especially those who have not been vaccinated against measles, rubella, and chicken pox. Additional causes for viral exanthem include mononucleosis, fifth disease, roseola, measles, German measles, chicken pox, and adenovirus infections. Viral exanthems are very common, and usually resolve without treatment over 10 days.
What are the symptoms of a viral exanthem?
The main symptom of a viral exanthem is a rash. Symptoms that may occur with a viral exanthem include body aches, cough, fever, headache, nasal congestion, nausea, runny nose, sore throat, or vomiting.
How does the doctor treat a viral exanthem?
Treatment for a viral exanthem may include rest, plenty of liquids, skin moisturizer, oral antihistamines for itching, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for fever and pain.
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