Viral exanthema is composed of two words—viral and exanthema. Exanthema is a rash occurring on the skin while viral means that the rash is the sign of infection due to a virus. In simple words, viral exanthema is the type of viral rash that is caused by a viral infection.
Viral exanthema is caused by viruses like enteroviruses, measles, rubells, chickenpox, mononucleosis and other type of herpes infection.
It affects children and adults having weak immune system.
The sign and symptoms of viral exanthema are pink to red spots or blisters occurring on the arms, trunk, and legs. The lesion may or may not be itchy. Besides, a patient may feel fatigue, fever, aches and pains, headache, loss of appetite and irritability.
Whereas you must seek medical assistance in severe cases, the mild symptoms can be treated with simple home remedies.
Aloe Vera is efficient home remedy to treat various skin conditions including viral exanthema. It is packed with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties which are extremely beneficial in such medical condition. Aloe vera is useful to minimize the symptoms like redness and burning sensations. All you need to extract the gel from aloe vera leaf and apply it on the affected parts of the skin. Leave it for 20 minutes and then rinse it off. Repeat the process three times a day until you see an improvement.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar is useful in common skin and health problems, thanks to its antibacterial and healing properties to fight bacteria and viruses. Besides, the acidic level of the vinegar removes microbes and stops them from developing. It is simple to use. Just dip the cotton ball into ACV and gently apply on the affected parts of the skin. Repeat the process several times a day until you see improvements. You can mix the vinegar with some parts of water if strong concentration causes irritation.
Turmeric is a proven home remedy for various skin problems. It contains anti-inflammatory and anti-biotic properties to treat your skin rashes. You can use water and turmeric powder to make the paste to be applied on the affected parts.
A cold compress is used to get relief from the skin irritation, swelling and burning sensation caused by the rashes. It also stops the rashes being turned into blisters. Just wrap pieces of ice in a towel and dab your skin with that for few minutes.
So, these are the home remedies to treat viral exanthema at home. If you have severe rashes or there is no improvement, see your physician as soon as possible. Here are the signs that you need a medical assistance:
- Severe Headaches
- Temperature over 101 degrees
- Stiff neck, dizziness or seizures
- Diarrhea and/or vomiting and severe abdominal pain
- Cough or sputum with pus or blood
- Pain, swelling or redness on the palms or soles
- Painful joints
- Red eyes, tongue or mouth
- Rashes are not fading when they are pressed with the finge