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Viral Skin Rash in Children

What is a viral skin rash in children?

When children get sick they may develop a fever and then after several days of the fever, they develop a blotchy red rash. A viral rash may be several things like chicken pox, measles, or mumps. There are times when a child may have a rash after the fever has been present, but the rash is just a side effect of the fever and not generally anything that will cause the child discomfort. Below are questions about viral skin rashes in children that are answered by an Expert.

What could cause a child to have a skin rash that is raised, no fever, and not itching?

Generally, when a child has a rash that is presented on the body, but does not itch then this may be a viral rash caused by a type of viral infection. There are times that a child can have a viral rash without having a fever. If the rash was an allergic reaction, then there is generally itching and discomfort. The parent may want to keep an eye on the rash as well as a fever and if these symptoms change, then the parent may want to consider taking the child to their doctor to have the rash looked at.

If a child has had the shot for chicken pox, can they still get chicken pox?

In most cases, when a child gets chicken pox then they will have a pimple like rash. If the child has a fever and is getting over some type of viral infection, then the rash is most likely a kind of viral rash that is brought on by the virus that the child is sick with. A viral rash is generally the body’s response to the viral infection in the child’s body that presents itself in a rash on the child’s skin.

What would cause a rash on a child that has bumps that form and do not go away for a long period of time and spread if they are not treated with a antifungal medicine?

In most cases, when a child has this type of rash then it is generally may be a viral rash called molluscum contagiosum. With this type of viral rash, the rash generally looks like bumps that will show up, turn red, drain clear liquid, then scab over and heal. This whole process may take several weeks for each bump to heal in the rash. Thos kind of rash generally shows up in the folds of the elbows, behind the knee and under the arm.

If a four year old has a rash that showed up on their feet and hands followed by a low grade fever causing the rash to spread over the child’s body, was told the rash was a viral rash, how long can this take to heal?

In most cases, when a child has a viral rash it may be caused by strep throat. Of the child has a rash that is caused by strep throat, then the doctor would need to make sure that the strep throat is treated. There are times when a viral rash takes several weeks to heal and may even peel once the rash has fully healed.

Viral skin rashes in children may cause concern and questions. Parents who have a child that has a viral rash may have questions about what the rash could be or what could have caused the viral rash, how to treat the rash, or how long the rash will stay on the child’s body. When these questions arise, then the parent may want to seek the answers from an Expert.

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