Home Remedies for Viral Exanthema


Here are some simple home remedies to ease the rashes caused by viral exanthema.)

Exanthema has been defined as the widespread rash caused by drugs, toxins, autoimmune disease, and microorganisms. It is usually found in kids. Viral exanthema, as the name implies, is caused by the type of viral rash (that is caused by infection) due to enteroviruses, measles, rubells, chickenpox, mononucleosis and other type of herpes infection.

It generally affects the kids and adults having altered immune system.

The disease can identified with the pink to red spots or blisters occurring on the arms, trunk, and legs. The lesion may or may not be itchy. The symptoms may be coupled with fever, pains, loss of weight, aches and pain and fatigue. Viral exanthema are infectious, therefore, you should avoid close contact unless the rash is cleared off.

Generally, they clear up quickly on their own without medication. However, you should get them evaluated if they last longer. Getting immunization can reduce the risk of viral and bacterial infections.

Since they have a tendency to go on their own, you can use home remedies to manage the symptoms and speed up healing as well.

Essential Oils:

Essential oils contain anti-inflammatory and healing properties.

  • Lavender reduces pain and inflammation
  • Cypress minimizes redness and inflammation
  • Eucalyptus is useful in minor infections


When it comes to minimizing skin irritation and inflammation oatmeal proves an effective remedy. Thanks to its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. All you need to mix a cup of finely ground oatmeal in warm bath water and soak in it for nearly 30 minutes. To treat the rashes on smaller parts, make a paste by taking oatmeal and plain yogurt in equal quality with a little honey. Apply it.

Aloe Vera:

Aloe Vera is effective way to get rid of infectious diseases like viral exanthema. It contains antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties which are useful in infection. Aloe vera helps minimizes the signs like redness and burning sensations.

It is easy to obtain aloe gel. Just peel off a fresh aloe leaf. Apply this gel on the affected parts. Wait for 20 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. Do the process 2-3 times a day until the signs are cleared.

Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar is an effective home remedy for various skin conditions and infections as it highly antibacterial in nature. It has been used for fungus, lice, warts, scabies, and other infection for ages.  It has been used for medicinal purposes by ancient civilizations like Greek, Egypt and Babylon. According to numerous studies, ACV is anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-septic and can remove over 90% of all germs.

You can apply apple cider vinegar directly onto skin with the help of cotton ball (dilute it if your skin is sensitive).


Turmeric is rich in anti-inflammatory agent that is its yellow pigment called curcumin. It has been used for ages in ancient medication for treating inflammation, wounds and infections. Many researches have confirmed that curcumin is anti-bacterial and antioxidant as well.

And using turmeric is quite simple. You can add fresh or powdered curcumin to your curries, soups, juices and other dishes.

Cold Compress:

Cold compress is a quick way to ease the skin irritation, burning sensation and swelling during the rashes. It is useful to prevent the rashes getting turned into blisters. And it is easy to do. Just wrap pieces of ice in a towel and dab your skin with that for few minutes. Alternatively, soak a towel in cold water, wriggle it and dab it on the affected skin parts.

So these are some effective home remedies for viral exanthema at home. However, see your doctor if there is no improvement or the skin condition continues to aggravate.

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