Viral Rash Treatment
Due to many possible causes and conditions, it seems almost normal that you’ll find yourself one day have inflamed and unhappy skin that is full of rashes. Don’t despair, those rashes will not remain forever. There are many possible treatments depending on the cause of rash since it is a bacterial infection , fungal infection or a virus. This article will provide some options of the viral rash treatments.
If you have a viral rash, the specific virus determines the treatment. Generally, doctors treat the rash rather than the virus that causes it.
Most viral rashes resolve within 2 weeks. The treatment of viral rash may include plenty of fluids, rest, medication for fever, and skin moisturizer.
– Drink plenty of fluids.
– Take a rest.
– Moisturizer for the dry skin: Eucerin, or Lubriderm.
– Oral antihistamines for itching rash.
– Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever.
Commonly, Viral infections are treated with oral or intravenous antiviral medications, including famciclovir (Famvir), acyclovir (Zovirax), ganciclovir (Cytovene), valacyclovir (Valtrexand), cidofovir (Vistide).
Due to the severity of the individual infection and factors that are related to the patient’s immune system, certain antiviral treatment may not be required or more aggressive treatment may be recommended.
After your doctor diagnosis the virus, he may recommend you some medications to treat the rash.
Following are few examples of viruses that cause the rash:
It is a very contagious that caused by a virus called varicella-zoster. It can cause a complications in people with weak immune systems like newborns, pregnant women, people with HIV, or people on chemotherapy for cancer.
No therapy can treat the chickenpox, but your doctor can provide a medications to ally the itching and discomfort. The patient must be isolated even after the virus fades away because the rash itself is contagious.
It is caused by a virus called a paramyxovirus. To prevent this illness, there is a safe and effective vaccine which is part of the MMR.
once the measles begins, no medication treat it. Doctors may offer treatments to care for fever, cough, and eye symptoms. You must not use aspirin products because they can cause a life-threatening condition which is Reye syndrome.
– Fifth disease ( slapped cheeks)
It is common on children. It is caused by a virus called parvovirus B19. Commonly, this illness occurs in the winter and spring.
Fifth disease Treatment
Fifth disease is not serious, but it can cause a serious problem for children with leukemia, AIDS, or sickle cell anemia.
– Coxsackieviruses and other enteroviruses
Coxsackieviruses and other enteroviruses are very common causes of fever and rash. They cause hand-foot- and mouth disease and herpangina.
Coxsackieviruses and other enteroviruses Treatment
There is no treatment for those viruses. However, you can use acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) for fever. You must avoid aspirin products because it can cause Reye syndrome.
The two diseases are not harmful. They can be prevented with good hand washing.
– HIV infections are treated with a special combination of antiviral medications designed specifically for this virus.
You need to know that most viral infections are self-limited and they may clear even without any treatment.
Question you should ask before treatment:
– Am I contagious? For how long?
– What are my possible treatments?
– What are the possible risks with treatment?
– How long should I be on medication?
– What are the complications that should I expect?
– What are the side effects of the medication?
Question you should ask after treatment:
– Do I need to start new diet?
– When can I do my normal activities?
– Will I need to see the doctor for a checkup?
– When can I return to work?
Doctors may suspect a certain cause depending on the history of your rash and your medical history. Your doctor confirms this suspicion by examining the rash’s appearance and any associated symptoms. Sometimes, the results of your physical examination can clarify the diagnosis, and no tests will be needed.
When desired, additional tests may include:
- Blood tests: most viral rashes do not need specific identification of the virus, but blood tests are available to identify some viruses that cause rash-producing infections.
- Wood’s lamp: It is a black light which used to help evaluate rashes. The light might cause the affected area of skin to glow red, pale blue, yellow or white depending on the underlying cause of rash.
- Tzanck test: by this test, blister is opened and scraped to obtain a sample that is checked in a laboratory for signs of herpes virus infection.