Viral rashes are the most common rashes, which appears suddenly and most often in children.
A virus causes the rashes and therefore treatment should not be taken lightly, however, rarely these viral rashes lead to the emergency room.
Here are tips on how to prevent such viral skin rashes.
Viral rashes can be the cause of many viruses, namely chicken pox, fifth disease, roseola, coxsackle and insect bites, impetigo and ringworm. The symptoms of such viruses are the result of your body trying to fight the virus with minimum damage.
As always, getting proper vaccinations (where applicable), is the first step towards preventing such viral rashes. However, even if such steps have been taken, there is no guarantee that these rashes won’t occur.
Chickenpox. The most obvious way of preventing this is by making sure that you are properly vaccinated.
This disease has an immediate association with childhood illnesses; however adults are not immune and should be aware during their physical contact to ensure that their vaccinations are up to date.
Fifth Disease is a viral disease with symptoms of red cheeks, a red bumpy rash, which can be found on the chest, abdomen and back but can also extend to the limbs. It tends to fluctuate with the weather with sun exposure making the rash flare up.
In 25% of cases, it is accompanied by a fever and mild cold symptoms such as coughing and headaches can also occur. The virus is transmitted from a cough, runny nose or saliva. With adults especially women, joint pain and fever can also be found.
Therefore it is imperative to make sure that proper cleanliness is active such as washing your hands often and effectively, covering your mouth (with your elbow) when coughing, as well as making sure that you properly dispose of your used Kleenex.
Using anti-bacterial lotion such as Purell and keeping it with you in your wallet or purse is handy way to make sure that you are clean especially when a sink is nowhere to be found.
Good news, however, the vast majorities of adults has been already exposed to this at some point in their lives and now, are immune to it. Pregnant women as always should take extra precaution.
As always, when you have a rash, it’s best to consult your health care practitioner to ensure that everything is on the right track. Most rashes last for weeks, and runs its course. However if you feel that it’s bothersome, there is nothing wrong with giving your MD a quick call.