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Why do I get a rash whenever I have a virus?

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SixImpossible Sun 24-Aug-14 10:33:01

Makes no difference what virus: cold, flu, unidentifiable headachey misery, I always break out in the same rash. No-one else in the family has this, even when we generously pass the virus around.

roughtyping Sun 24-Aug-14 10:41:28

I'd be interested to see replies. DS gets this, too. Doctors have always said it's just the body responding to a virus, just not sure how a rash helps!

SixImpossible Sun 24-Aug-14 17:47:44

I'm off on holiday tomorrow. It's been a relatively mild virus, like a cold without the nose. I've only felt a bit poorly, but the rash is spectacular and i know from experience that it will take several days to fade.

I'm going to get some looks in the pool.

roughtyping Sun 24-Aug-14 19:21:39

Oh no sad poor you. I recently had a horrible allergic reaction to amoxicillin, you can still see the rash when I'm cold!

expectingno2 Sun 24-Aug-14 19:24:26

As I understand it post viral rashes are very common. It is essentially what measles etc are but only some of them have actual names.

EBearhug Sun 24-Aug-14 19:39:26

I had an impressive rash with amoxycillin, too - it turned out I had glandular fever, not an ear infection, and apparently it's a common reaction. Have you been tested for it?

SixImpossible Sun 24-Aug-14 20:02:27

It is exactly the same as the rash I get with some antibiotics.

I doubt that I have GF - I don't feel ill enough. Anyway, I get it every time I have a cold, too.

I didn't use to get this rash. It's only been happening since my mid-20s.

Chimchar Sun 24-Aug-14 20:14:45

Oooh. Exciting!! I get this too! grin

I thought i was the only one! Let's start a quiche!!!

Back to your op....I always get it when I'm run down or have been poorly. It's mostly on my trunk, and in nooks of arms, groin, behind knees. It's a red, blotchy rash, under my skin. Never raised.

I have never seen about it. I just self diagnosed a post viral thing.

roughtyping Sun 24-Aug-14 21:32:27

I am now really interested to know what function this has in your body. Or is it the skin being irritated? Off to google!

sashh Mon 25-Aug-14 09:46:53

I get it, a Dr told me it was a heat rash, my body's way of responding to a high temperature.

SixImpossible Mon 25-Aug-14 12:00:16

I don't necessarily get a high temp with the rash, and I have never had it when I had a high temp due to a bacterial infection.

Chimchar Mon 25-Aug-14 21:05:56

Same...not usually with a temperature. It's much bigger and more blotchy than a heat rash for me.

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