How To Treat Viral Infection Rash
When it comes to treatment for viral diseases, doctors often focus on relieving symptoms because, unlike bacteria, viruses cannot be destroyed by antibiotics.
You can speed up your body’s healing process by drinking plenty of water and taking plenty of time to rest. When you have a fever or body aches, you can take some over-the-counter medicines like paracetamol or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen.
If you have a viral infection rash with fever, try applying cold packs or creams to the rash. Avoid scratching these areas.
For cases of viral infections that cause severe illness such as shingles, your doctor will prescribe an antiviral medication for you.
When Should You See a Doctor?
It is best to see a doctor as soon as you see a viral infection rash or fever.
Seek medical attention immediately if you develop
- A viral infection rash with fever
- A rash that lasts more than a week, especially when symptoms do not improve
- Blisters appear
- Rash spreads quickly, spreading all over the body
- There are signs of swelling, redness, and watering
In fact, there are many viruses that can cause a rash. Most viral infections go away on their own, but a few need antiviral medication. However, if the rash and viral fever do not improve after more than 1 week, you should contact your doctor immediately.
If you have just returned from countries with a viral disease, you will also need to go to the hospital for a general check-up. Viral diseases that are spread by vectors often require antiviral drugs to treat them.
Learn more about Infectious Diseases in Children here.
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