Viral Rash Treatment
Treatment for a viral exanthem may include rest, plenty of fluids, skin moisturizer, medication for itching, and medication for fever. Most viral exanthems resolve within 2 weeks. The addition of anti-viral therapy depends on the underlying cause of the viral rash.
Specific treatment for a viral exanthem may include:
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Moisturizer for dry skin:
- Oral antihistamines for itching:
- Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
- Chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton)
- Fexofenadine (Allegra)
- Loratadine (Claritin)
- Cetirizine (Zyrtec)
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for fever and pain:
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Viral Rash Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of viral exanthem.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Am I contagious?
- For how long?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How do I avoid passing the infection to others?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having a viral exanthem again?
- Will I need to see my doctor for a checkup?
Viral Rash Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a viral exanthem:
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