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Dr. Robert Jackson
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Hello doctor, I have small red spots over my torso and some on my arm that look like a rash. I'm not sure what it is? Recently had a viral.

Dr. Robert Jackson
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Hello doctor, I have small red spots over my torso and some on my arm that look like a rash. I'm not sure what it is? Recently had a viral.

See derm: This may be from the viral infection but see a dermatologist to make sure. ...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


Dr. Scott Diede
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Does viral syndrome make you break out in rashes ?

Dr. Scott Diede
Board Certified, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
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Does viral syndrome make you break out in rashes ?

There are many...: Viruses are one of the most common reasons for rashes. Some of these viruses and the diseases they cause include: measles, rubeola, parvovirus, chickenpox, and shingles to name just a few. Many of the mentioned viruses have a somewhat characteristic rash, but many viruses are quite variable in what the rash will look like, if it is present at all. ...Read more

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Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
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Can viral rashes be itchy?

Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Can viral rashes be itchy?

YES!: Sometimes very itchy. Chickenpox is an incredibly itchy viral rash...but others can cause some itching too. ...Read more

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Dr. Arlo Miller
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How does someone with no diseases and wonderful blood work get viral rashes....

Dr. Arlo Miller
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How does someone with no diseases and wonderful blood work get viral rashes....

From viral infection: Healthy people get these seasonal viral infections all the time. Many cause transient rashes. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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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?

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?

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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Dr. Keith Leap
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Husband has rashes and not feeling well doc said he has viral nfection, im pregnant.. no meds fr his doc.. what to do?

Dr. Keith Leap
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Husband has rashes and not feeling well doc said he has viral nfection, im pregnant.. no meds fr his doc.. what to do?

Get more information: Try to find out what infection his doctor believes that he has. Then tell your doctor. Most mild viral infections won't have any consequence for you or the baby and there are no medications to treat hem either. A very few, like measles, are very important to know about so please inquire further and follow up. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Have itchy rashes on arms, back, knees and stomach for 7days and no fever. My platele is 180, and I am HBsAG reactive. Is it just a viral infection?

Dr. John Chiu
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Have itchy rashes on arms, back, knees and stomach for 7days and no fever. My platele is 180, and I am HBsAG reactive. Is it just a viral infection?

Probable: But only time will tell. If they go away in about 2 weeks, then i'd not lose sleep over it. If not, then you may need to see your doctor or dermatologist. A drug reaction can cause a rash as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Ashwin Patel
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36 year old f very healthy developed a rash on back . Hurts and was itchy. Looks like shingles. Help is it to late for anti viral meds and duration ?

Dr. Ashwin Patel
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36 year old f very healthy developed a rash on back . Hurts and was itchy. Looks like shingles. Help is it to late for anti viral meds and duration ?

Depends on duration.: I am not sure wether the rash is due to shingles or not. It needs to be checked out by a physician to make sure. If it turns out to be shingles then starting antiviral medicines in the first 72 hours gives a better chance for early cure. It also helps reduce chances of developing residual pain that often persists after the rash goes away. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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3 days 2 yr old daugh. has a goosebump like rash all over belly & now face. no color to it, rough feeling & no other symptoms..been told its viral?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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3 days 2 yr old daugh. has a goosebump like rash all over belly & now face. no color to it, rough feeling & no other symptoms..been told its viral?

Viral exanthems: I can not diagnose the cause for your daughter's lesions but a viral exanthem is plausible. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Board Certified, Dermatology
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I have what looks like a viral rash on only a part of my stomach. No fever but headache. Could it be a viral rash? Not itchy

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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I have what looks like a viral rash on only a part of my stomach. No fever but headache. Could it be a viral rash? Not itchy

See a DR: "Looks like a viral rash" does not allow even a guess. Red? Clusters of small blisters? Pain? Itch? Pattern? ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Skin Rash (Definition)

Skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


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