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Viral Exanthems (Rashes)

What are viral exanthems?

A viral exanthem is an eruptive skin rash that is often related to a viral infection. Immunizations have decreased the number of cases of measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox, but all viral skin infections require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional.  

The most common childhood viral exanthems include chickenpox (varicella), fifth disease, measles (rubeola), roseola, and rubella (German measles). 

Immunizations have decreased the number of cases of measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox, but all viral skin infections require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Each of the viral exanthems listed here have a distinct pattern, which can aid in the diagnosis.

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Types of Rashes

Chickenpox

Fifth Disease

Measles (or Rubeola)

Roseola

Rubella (German Measles)

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The pediatric specialists at Children's National Hospital have the expertise to diagnose, treat and manage conditions of the skin, nails and hair common in infant and younger patients. Discover more about the treatments we offer.

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Providers Who Treat Viral Exanthems (Rashes)

    Departments that Treat Viral Exanthems (Rashes)

    Dermatology

    The Division of Dermatology at Children's National Hospital continues to expand services as more families seek our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.

    General and Community Pediatrics

    Children's National Hospital has the largest pediatric presence in the Washington, D.C., area. Our primary care practices are one way we carry out the mission at Children's National to expand access to quality healthcare and improve health outcomes for children in the community.

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    Infectious Diseases

    Our Division of Infectious Diseases is the major referral center for infectious diseases in the Washington, D.C., area, helping thousands of patients each year, and actively promoting prevention through community outreach and education.