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Viral Exanthems (Rashes)

Many viral infections of the skin in childhood are called "viral exanthems." Exanthem is another name for a rash or skin eruption. This type of rash is mainly caused by viruses. It may also be caused by medication, especially antibiotics. The most common childhood viral exanthems include the following:

  • measles or rubeola
  • rubella
  • varicella (or chickenpox)
  • fifth disease
  • roseola

Immunizations have lead to a decrease in the number of cases of measles, mumps, and rubella. The above viral exanthems have distinct patterns of rashes which aid in the diagnosis of the virus.

Viral exanthems (rashes) require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview.

If you cannot find the information in which you are interested, please visit the Dermatology Online Resources page in this Web site for an Internet/World Wide Web address that may contain additional information on that topic.

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