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Can rashes be caused by a virus?

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Posted on Sat, 4 Apr 2020
Question: my 6 year old has had this rash for 4 days. what is it?
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Answered by Dr. Eric Goldstein (6 minutes later)
Brief Answer:

Rash

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

This is a harmless rash. It is caused by a virus. There are dozens of viruses out there that cause these types of rashes.

If she is without fever, then she is not contagious and you don't have to worry about it spreading.

Ultimately, the rash fades on it's own. It can take 1-2 weeks for this to happen.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Eric Goldstein, Pediatrician
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Eric Goldstein (9 minutes later)
great to know! anything other than fever I should be on the lookout for so that if it is something else I catch it as early as possible?
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Answered by Dr. Eric Goldstein (9 minutes later)
Brief Answer:

Follow up

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

Nothing else. I'm not even expecting fever. But of course, we always have to be on guard for it.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Eric Goldstein, Pediatrician
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Brief Answer: Rash Detailed Answer: Hello, This is a harmless rash. It is caused by a virus. There are dozens of viruses out there that cause these types of rashes. If she is without fever, then she is not contagious and you don't have to worry about it spreading. Ultimately, the rash fades on it's own. It can take 1-2 weeks for this to happen. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Take care Regards, Dr Eric Goldstein, Pediatrician