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Is A Rash A Flu Symptom?

January 17th, 2013

Allergy Flu RashThe short answer to the above question is maybe. The influenza virus is an infectious disease that can affect all parts of your body. From aches to vomiting to coughs to rashes, contracting the flu is an all-body-affecting sickness. There are many strains of the influenza virus, and each of these strains can affect different people in different ways. If you are susceptible to allergy skin reactions, it is likely that you would develop a rash with the flu.

Because the flu virus is an invasive disease, a typical allergic reaction to the virus is the occurrence of hives covering parts of your body. Hives is your body’s reaction to ridding itself of an allergen. The rash may be itchy, raised bumps that may or may not sting when touched. The appearance of hives can last several hours or several days. It is recommended that you do not scratch or pick at the hives appearing on your skin which may cause further infection, especially if your body’s immune system is already impaired due to the flu.

If you are experiencing hives with your flu symptoms, over-the-counter anti-histamines like Benadryl are suggested as treatment. If you find that the hives are uncontrollable and unbearable, contact Derrow Dermatology at 407-389-2020 to make an appointment to consult certified dermatologist, Dr. Amy Derrow in Maitland. If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you have the flu, notify the appointment scheduler of your symptoms before visiting the office so that precautions can be made to protect your immune system and those of other patients.