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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

Dr. John Chiu
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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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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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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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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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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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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

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Viral rash vs allergy rash, how can I tell the difference?

Viral rash vs allergy rash, how can I tell the difference?

See doctor: The diagnosis is mostly based on the history and the appearance of the rash. Usually when it is not itchy, it is not from allergy. This is not a job for amateur. ...Read more

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How long should I expect my post viral rash to keep breaking me out into random hives?

How long should I expect my post viral rash to keep breaking me out into random hives?

No way to know.: My standard answer to that question is, "my crystal ball is in the shop." urticarial eruptions can persist for days to weeks after the virus is gone; how long is totally unpredictable. A long-acting antihistamine such as fexofenadine (now available otc) can be very helpful until the reaction subsides. ...Read more

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Is the sun bad for viral rash?

Is the sun bad for viral rash?

Can be but: More importantly it can turn the rash dark and leave dark marks on your skin after the rash has resolved. So avoid sun anyways ...Read more

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Can viral pneumonia give you a rash?

Can viral pneumonia give you a rash?

Yes: Many types of viruses can cause pneumonia and not infrequently they may also cause a rash. The classic is varicella virus which is also known as chicken pox. Adults with varicella seem to be more predisposed to getting viral pneumonia in association with the classic rash. ...Read more

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9month old has had an all over body rash for 2days. How long should a viral rash last?

9month old has had an all over body rash for 2days. How long should a viral rash last?

Depends: The duration of a viral rash can vary from a few hours to a few weeks. Most follow the pattern based on the type of virus.In the years before we had fancy lab tests, we came up with names for specific viral infections, like smallpox, based on the character of the rash. ...Read more

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I have gotten a viral rash that is just now clearing...How would I help my skin clear up better?

I have gotten a viral rash that is just now clearing...How would I help my skin clear up better?

Time: There are many different types of viral rashes, each with their own time frames for resolution. For the most part, there is nothing that will speed up their resolution, aside from your normal daily skin care. ...Read more

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I've had a rash for seven weeks now. I had a biopsy done on the rash which concluded that it was a drug eruption or viral exathome? How long does this

Rash: It would seem that a drug eruption or viral eruption should have disappeared by7 weeks, if there is no exposure anymore to what triggered the rash. I would go to get another opinion, but this time refuse the biopsy! ...Read more

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Can my child attend school with a post viral rash? Fever is gone, no other symptoms.

Can my child attend school with a post viral rash? Fever is gone, no other symptoms.

Viral Exanthum: The level of contagion drops significantly once a child has been fever free without medications for 24 hours. Viral rashes often take much longer to resolve but should not prohibit school or daycare attendance. An exception would be chickenpox, which should be considered contagious until all lesions are scanned and dry. ...Read more

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After having a fever last night my 9month old has a temp of 35 tonight. He has has a viral rash which is still there?

After having a fever last night my 9month old has a temp of 35 tonight. He has has a viral rash which is still there?

Rash: You are describing temperature instability and a low temperature may indicate an infection problem as much as a fever. It is impossible to say the rash is viral, without seeing it. Have him reviewed. All the best. ...Read more

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My 2 yr old has marks on her cheeks left from viral rash that don't seem to go away. Is there some spot remover I can try?

My 2 yr old has marks on her cheeks left from viral rash that don't seem to go away. Is there some spot remover I can try?

Magic spot remover?: For darker spots on one's skin, there is no magic spot remover. After inflammation in the skin, either from infection, skin trauma, or anything else, there remains more blood flow to that part of the skin, and more pigment made by the pigment cells in that area. If changes are recent, using Hydrocortisone 1% cream twice a day for 10 days may help. Time will fade the color. Avoid a suntan there. ...Read more

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I had the shingles rash (3/29) began anti-viral. I had incredible pain for 1 1/2 weeks. I am having pain in the same location. Could it be back?

I had the shingles rash (3/29) began anti-viral. I had incredible pain for 1 1/2 weeks. I am having pain in the same location. Could it be back?

PHN: If you experience intense pain along the location you recently had singles, it's unlikely to be from another shingles outbreak. This is more likely from post-herpetic neuralgia, a painful condition involving the recently shingled nerve (s). The pain can last weeks to months. Good news is both topical & oral medications are available for treatment of phn. Recommend a shingles vaccine also. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my 2yo to have a rash days advance of a fever if viral? She had a rash since Mon., and fever Thurs. & Fri. I see two small ones today

Is it normal for my 2yo to have a rash days advance of a fever if viral? She had a rash since Mon., and fever Thurs. & Fri. I see two small ones today

It would be uncommon: Viral exanthums (rashes) USUALLY occur during or after the fever. Fevers that start late in an illness often warrants a visit to your doctor. ...Read more

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How long can an adult viral rash last?

How long can an adult viral rash last?

Viral Infections: To answer the question as to how long viral infections last, one has to look at the different types of infections caused by viruses. Viral infections can be classified into three main groups: acute infections, chronic infections and latent infections. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a viral rash usually last?

On average, how long will a viral rash usually last?

Days or weeks: Depending on the virus, it may last a few days to a few weeks, you need to know what type of virus is causing it. ...Read more

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Does a viral rash actually get worse before it gets better?

Does a viral rash actually get worse before it gets better?

Viral rash: If you consider a localized rash that spreads to involve the whole body, then you are right. Most viral rashes behave this way and often including the pamls and soles. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more