Skin Rashes Caused by Viral Infection


Rashes on the skin can exhibit similar qualities, such as redness, flaking, blistering or itching. Some rashes are viral in nature and can be passed on from person to person. Knowing the characteristics of viral rashes can help prevent their spread.

Rashes on skin.
Rashes on skin. (Image: defun/iStock/Getty Images)

Chicken Pox

Chicken pox is a viral infection that causes an itchy rash on the torso, arms, face and legs. The blisters the rash causes are fluid-filled and can spread easily.

Chicken pox.
Chicken pox. (Image: Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)


Measles is a common childhood infection that begins with a fever and exhibits a red rash on the cheeks. This rash turns brown and spreads from the face down to the neck and torso.

Measles. (Image: Catherine Yeulet/iStock/Getty Images)

Fifth Disease

Fifth disease is a viral infection that begins with red eyes and a sore throat and ends with a bright red rash covering the face, torso, arms and legs.

Red eyes.
Red eyes. (Image: Jens Gade/iStock/Getty Images)


Shingles resembles chicken pox, but the blisters are more elongated and the rash is localized to the torso and abdomen.

Shingles on skin.
Shingles on skin. (Image: franciscodiazpagador/iStock/Getty Images)


Herpes is a highly contagious virus that can be transmitted sexually and causes the genital area to produce red, fluid-filled blisters.

Herpes on mouth.
Herpes on mouth. (Image: apichsn/iStock/Getty Images)

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