Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

146 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

Are red swollen bumps on body symptoms of west nile virus?

Answered by
Dr. Shoaib Khan

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :2009

Answered : 9409 Questions

Posted on Sat, 9 Aug 2014 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: I have developed these bumps on my torso arms legs and head. They are single, in pairs, or small groups. They look like insect bites that become very red and swollen. They are sore and each day I find two or more new ones somewhere on my body. West Nile Virus has been found in our area. Could this be a rash from the virus?
Answered by Dr. Shoaib Khan 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Does sound like it, but will need confirmation

Detailed Answer:
Hello ma'am and welcome.

Thank you for writing to us.

I have gone through your query with diligence and would like to let you know that I am here to help.

The rash characteristically seen with West Nile Virus is a maculopapular rash, which means that it is a flat red area without any definitive borders and usually consists of a bump that is slightly raised.

Based on the provided description ma'am, I do feel that there could be a chance your presentation is linked with the West Nile Virus, but of course a physical examination in a case like yours is pivotal. I thus suggest consultation with a doctor experienced with such cases (such as those practicing in your region). And if at all it is not, then the physical examination would also give direction to your doctor to finding the cause for it and treating it accordingly.

I hope you find my response helpful and I also hope your presentation is something simple and not complicated. Please feel free to write back to me for any further clarifications, I would be more than happy to help you.

Best wishes.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,  

Recent questions on  Maculopapular rash

doctor1 MD

Hi there I was wondering if you could identify these bumps on my son. He is 1 1/2 years old. He experienced a high fever last week that lasted a few days and a few days later these started comimg up on his legs, arms, hands. There arent alot of...

doctor1 MD

Hello, I have attched the photos how my skin looks like. It is the same all over my body its all redish dots. My mom says its chicken pox . I had chicken pox when i was a kid. I read that it only comes once in a life time. It might be shingles ....

doctor1 MD

I have developed a whole-body rash after returning to the US from 17 days in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam). It started in the plane ride home with an itchy hand. Overnight on my first night at home, it developed across my body,...

doctor1 MD

Just saw a patient (11yo) prescribed cephalexin for 10 days for cellulitis of toe 5/31/14. Sensitivities included cefazolin but not cephalexin. Can these drugs be used interchangeably? Child presents today with scattered maculopapular rash and red skin with hot flashes , malaise since yesterday. Am wondering if this is a drug vs staph infection rash. She looks ill. Did not do vitals or examine as knew needed more evaluation than available in retail clinic.

doctor1 MD

hello dr
Im 31 year old, i have unprotected oral sex with transgender about 7-8 month ago, but didnt test myself.
but from a week ago have rash on my back and from my research its maculopapular rash without itch and there is 2 small rash on my forhead too .
there is no other sign ... is it possibe to be related to hiv ????

doctor1 MD

a month or so ago I had a small rash near the middle of my chest and after a while it went away and another one appeared on my shoulder at first I thought I had ring worm because looks slightly like a ring but it s not spreading our getting worse and doesn t itch much recently though my bo is very strong and smells like onions what could this be?