which is also sometimes referred to as three day fever, baby
measles, or sixth disease, is a completely benign virus that
most often affects young children, typically under the age
The symptoms of roseola begin as a sudden fever which typically
lasts for three days, along with a runny nose, diarrhea, swollen
glands, and irritability.
is followed by a red, blotchy rash within roughly 12 to 24
hours of the fever breaking. The rash will typically last
one to two days. As children get older, however, the chances
of developing the rash as part of the illness diminish, in
which case the illness will have passed without signs of rash.
Roseola treatment & diagnosis
The rash associated with roseola typically has certain characteristics.
It will usually start on the trunk of the body somewhere,
whereupon it spreads outwards, often to the neck and the legs.
Treatment is usually not needed for roseola, as the virus
almost always goes away on its own without any complications.
However, drugs are occasionally administered to help with
the fever, and in rare instances where complications do arise,
doctors can provide treatment.
It should also be noted that because a high fever can be part
of any number of illnesses for infants, it is not always easy
to diagnose roseola. Since the most unique characteristic
of roseola is the rash, which occurs after the fever, a clear
diagnosis is not possible until after the fever breaks.
Is roseola contagious?
Lastly, because roseola virus never actually leaves the human
body, roseola is often contracted by children from healthy
parents and caregivers, In fact, other children with roseola
are typically not the source of infection, and no special
precautions around children with roseola symptoms are necessary.
More information about roseola around the Web:
KidsHealth - Roseola - Check out an expert overview of the condition including information on causes, symptoms and treatment, how long it should last, what to do in case of fever, and related advice.
This information is intended as reference and not as medical advice. All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.