By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
March 23, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: rash   coronavirus  

Is Your RASH a Concern

More Information regarding Coronavirus


Viral Exanthem (Rash)



It has come to our attention that approximately 11-15% of all Coronavirus infections may present with a rash. Having a presenting sign RASHof a rash (exanthem) is not new for coronavirus, in fact, many viruses historically may present with a new onset rash and dermatologists and physicians are well trained to evaluate such rashes. Some rashes may also be attributed to bacterial infections and may be life-threatening, so having prompt evaluation and treatment is paramount.


An exanthem is a rash or eruption on the skin. "Viral" means that the rash or eruption is a symptom of an infection due to a virus.

Viral exanthems can be caused by many viruses, such as the coronavirus we have all heard about, but also various enterovirus, adenovirus, chickenpox, measles, rubella, mononucleosis, parvovirus. and certain herpes viruses and zoster (latent viral exanthems). Viral exanthems are very common and can vary in appearance. Most cause red or pink spots on the skin over large parts of the body. Often, these don't itch, but some types can cause blisters and be very itchy.

Many of the infections that cause viral exanthems also can cause fever, headaches, sore throat, and fatigue. Most will run their course in a few days or a couple of weeks and will clear up without treatment.

Viral infections can be highly contagious, though, so anyone with a viral exanthem should avoid close contact with others until the rash is gone.


Keep in Mind

Viral exanthems and the infections that cause them usually aren't treatable, but they almost always clear up quickly on their own with no long-term problems. However, now if you have a new onset rash, this could be a first symptom of coronavirus, so it is very important you contact a doctor's office. This is why our office is offering FaceTime appointments for the safety of you and others, as well as for the privacy and convenience. If you do not have FaceTime options available, we will certainly do our best to address these issues via a phone call visit. Also of note, as mentioned above, some serious bacterial infections also cause rashes, so it's important for the doctor to evaluate an exanthem.

Contact Us

Stay healthy during this remarkable time and know that the physicians and staff at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery are here to help you and keep you well. Call (630) 321-0303 for the Willowbrook office and (847) 304-0303 for South Barrington, for an appointment or request a convenient time online or via Zocdoc. FaceTime appointments are now available. Be able to have your visit in the convenience and safety of your own home. FaceTime appointments are available for all insurances we are contracted with as well as now including Medicare. Call today.

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