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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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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.