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Rash - Washington, MO

My 3 year old has had a virual infection this week. Every day she has had a fever until this morning shes finally acting herself but now has a rash on her chest, belly, and back. Its just slightly raised and shes not scratching at it, is it normal to develop this rash after being sick all week?

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Sorry this is late, I was on vacation last week, but this sounds like Roseola, they run a fever for about 5 days with no other symptoms, then once the fever breaks, they break out into a rash. Hope this helps!

It could be from the virus she had depending on which on she had.If she is not getting better I would take her to the Doc.They can get strep rash,2 of my kids had it this year and it's exactly what you described.The rash never seemed to bother them and it never spread.

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Hi J....my 1 year old just had something similiar. If she seems to have trouble eating or drinking look in her mouth for blisters. Mine had fever, rash, and then blisters....some form of hand, foot and mouth, but only in the mouth. The doctor said to just wait it out and make sure they stay hydrated. Hope she feels better soon.

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You might call your dr. to double check, but everytime my daughter has done it after a virus, I've been told it's actually a good thing. Sort of the body's way of expelling the virus. Especially if it's just on the trunk area (stomach, chest, back).

Hi J.,

Is she on any medicines? If not I would think it's just part of the infection, but it may be worth just calling a nurse hot line or something to make sure. My son woke up with a rash like that once and it was from antibiotics he had been taking for over a week. If she's not taking anything though I would say it's probably just part of the infection.

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Hello,
a rash like that is not unusual after a fever.
You might want to check with your doctor, but i
have seen a lot of childern do the same thing.

I have 4 yr old b/g twins. My daughter gets a fever pretty much every time she runs a fever, my son does sometimes....and he got several fevers when he was 1-2 yrs old. The rashes have always been harmless, don't bother my little ones at all. But they bother me because I don't like to think (like any mom) that my babies might be uncomfortable. It goes away in a couple of days. Glad your little one is feeling better.

Simply put ... Yes.

My brother use to get rashes after a fever when he was little, it was never a problem. My Grandma called it Roseola (sp), not sure if it really was but it was common for him and the doctors never worried about it (I'm 15 years older than him so I can remmber it pretty good). I'd check with your doctor but I think it's pretty normal.

Could it be hives? My son got an allergic hives rash from taking amoxicillian.

Sounds exactly like Roseola. Rash usually comes when the fever breaks. Will last a few days to a week and will go away. Doesn't itch, isn't harmful. Call your MD to make sure, but I've seen many kids with it (including my own) and it looks worse than it actually is.

Good luck!

Hi, J.
If the rash is just little, tiny, red, raised bumps all over her, then it's perfectly normal. It's called Roseolla, and little ones get it AFTER their fever breaks. Mine had it several times. No meds or trips to the doctor required if it is Roseolla. If it itches, or changes consistency/color or her fever comes back then I'd call your doc.

Rashes are very common in small children with viral infections. If she is felling better and not scratching just let it be.

Get her into the doctor...could be a co-occuring infection of "foot & mouth", "fifths", etc. Not likely, but good to rule it out. Was it a rash or hives? Look on Webmd for photos of pediatric hives, which can appear similar to what we would see as a rash. Others respondants could be right too, but just get it checked. And, write down everything she consumed in the 24 hours leading up to the outbreak and hand to your doctor--could possibly be an allergy (I have an MPH and over analyze everything).

Sorry this is late, I was on vacation last week, but this sounds like Roseola, they run a fever for about 5 days with no other symptoms, then once the fever breaks, they break out into a rash. Hope this helps!

Very very common. A lot of viruses cause rashes during or after a fever. One in particular, roseola, is notorious for it...a high fever for a few days to a week, the fever breaks, the rash breaks out (and can last a few days to a week). This rash tends not to hurt or itch and the kiddo seems to feel just fine. This, and most other, viral "exanthems" will resolve on their own without any problems. If you notice that the rash does turn into vesicles (fluid filled bumps) or gets very itchy or painful...or if they occur in her mouth and she has trouble eating or swallowing, see your doc, it can be Coxackie Virus (hand foot and mouth) which is going around and is very contagious. Nothing much they can do for it...but good to know if she had it in order to keep an eye out for the other child too.
Hope your little one is feeling better!

Strep infection causes a rash is her throat sore???

It could be from the virus she had depending on which on she had.If she is not getting better I would take her to the Doc.They can get strep rash,2 of my kids had it this year and it's exactly what you described.The rash never seemed to bother them and it never spread.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/roseola/DS00452

http://www.medicinenet.com/roseola/article.htm

http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=roseola&s...

My guess would be Roseola. It's very common and has a rash that comes after the fever and virus. This last long link show pictures of the rash.
There are other virus symptoms that maybe have a rash with them too though. If you don't think it is Roseola you may want to see a doctor if she gets it again.
Hope this helps some.

There's a common illness called Roseola where a fever is followed by a rash. I think it's harmless but you should ask the doc, of course, if it gets worse.

It sounds like the exact same thing my son had when he had a viral infection, twice. We almost thought he was allergic to strawberries b/c it just happened he ate them the day before he got the rash each time. He has since eaten strawberries and seems fine. I believe the Dr.s said a rash with no fever is no big deal. I did take him to the Dr. the second time he got it just to get it checked out b/c I hadn;t seen anything like it before, but they weren't cpncerned with the rash as much as what type of viral infection he had that may have caused the rash as a side effect.

Roseolla- just has to run its course!

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