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My 18 month old has viral exanthem, is there anything I can use for the itch besides cortisone?

My 18 month old has viral exanthem, is there anything I can use for the itch besides cortisone?

Aveeno (oatmeal) bath/caledryl: Aveeno (oatmeal) bath can be very soothing for itching, also dabbing application of caledryl. Benedryl is harmless and worth trying before using cortisone. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...Read more


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What is this diagnosis "viral exanthem"?

What is this diagnosis "viral exanthem"?

Viral rash: A viral exanthem is a rash caused by infection of a virus. Some examples include the exanthem caused by measles, parvovirus b19, and rubella. ...Read more

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What to do if I was diagnosed with a viral exanthem. does that relate or mean I have hiv?

What to do if I was diagnosed with a viral exanthem. does that relate or mean I have hiv?

No: A viral exanthem is a general term for any viral illness that has a rash as one of its features. There are hundreds of viruses that do so. Measles is a virus that could be considered a viral exanthem. ...Read more

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Can baby with viral exanthem take a bath?

Can baby with viral exanthem take a bath?

Yes: Normal patterns of bathing are encouraged during these illnesses. Some with a viral rash will experience an increase in rash intensity in a warm bath but this just accelerates the rash coming out, it does not worsen the illness. ...Read more

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I have viral exanthem for 2 days now. How long will the rashes completely fade? It is however concentrated in my face, will it not lead to dark spots?

I have viral exanthem for 2 days now. How long will the rashes completely fade? It is however concentrated in my face, will it not lead to dark spots?

If indeed: Most viral exanthema go away within a week or two. However if this is confined only to your face, consider a phototoxic or photoallergic reaction to the sun (often medication associated). Do note that you are in copenhagen where the set will set for a long time soon enough. I actually attended a concert in tivoli garden about 1 1/2 years ago. Couldn't get over so much drinking on weekends. ...Read more

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My little girl had bumps all over her, doctors said it was viral exanthem. They went away but now theirs blotches all over her now. Take her back?

My little girl had bumps all over her, doctors said it was viral exanthem. They went away but now theirs blotches all over her now. Take her back?

other symptoms ?: If the child was examined and no treatable problem was found, a return visit would be justified if worrisome symptoms arose.Decline in activity, feeding or drinking and persistence or increase in fever .A simple change in the appearance of the rash would not mean a change in diagnosis.A call to the office during regular hours would allow you to review the issue with the staff before deciding to go. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w/ viral exanthem. Had rash (scaly red patches/papules) for a month, other symptoms gone. Could it be something else? How long can it laat?

Diagnosed w/ viral exanthem. Had rash (scaly red patches/papules) for a month, other symptoms gone. Could it be something else? How long can it laat?

Scaly red rash: It is hard to tell what it is without seeing it, after one mos, it is time go for follow up visit with your 1ry care physician, some work up or a referal to a dermatologist to figure out the cause of your rash. Feel better. ...Read more

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Is Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pak an appropriate treatment for viral exanthems?

Is Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pak an appropriate treatment for viral exanthems?

Depends: Your immune system is what will cure you in these infections and the steroid suppresses its function.While it may be appropriate to do that in some cases where the patient is miserable, it is far from being accepted as a treatment of choice in most. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Itch (Definition)

Itches are a clinical finding in which a person's skin has a sensation of non-painful irritation ...Read more