What Does a Zika Rash Look Like?

Since the Zika virus has spread to the US, we are hearing more and more about the virus and its symptoms, implications, and correlation to birth defects. As of August 31st, the Center for Disease Control has reported 2,722 confirmed cases of Zika, 624 of whom are pregnant women with lab evidence of the virus. Since its emergence in the US, there have been high amounts of travel cases reported in Florida, Texas, New York, California, and New Jersey.

Although there is relatively little known about the virus, we do know that:

  • the disease is mostly spread by the Aedes species mosquito
  • the virus can be transmitted sexually to partners
  • the virus can be passed to the fetus during pregnancy and potentially cause birth defects
  • there is no vaccine or treatment

The following are the physical symptoms that sometimes appear within a few days to a week after exposure:

  • Red, raised rash
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

The rash is typically small raised, red, bumps that start in the face and spread to the rest of the body. The rash can be irritating and itchy, and last for about a week. You can help to prevent transmission through use of insect repellant, protected sex, and avoidance of travel.

If you have traveled outside of the US, or suspect a rash to be from Zika, consult a dermatologist for diagnosis. Although there is no cure for Zika, a skin care specialist can determine other measures to relieve your discomfort. New Jersey has reported a number of cases, so if you are concerned about a rash, consult with Old Bridge Dermatology’s Dr. Juan Vaillant for accurate and compassionate care. Dr. Vaillant can treat other types of rashes and skin, hair, and nail conditions like acne, dandruff, eczema, fungal infections, and skin cancer. Ease your concerns and achieve healthier skin by scheduling an appointment at our Old Bridge, NJ office at (732) 679-0222 today!