What Is Roseola Infantum?

By james
Reviewed: Dr. Gromatzky
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When your child becomes suddenly ill with a high fever and then a rash appears, you may panic. Though it is normal to become alarmed when your child presents multiple, seemingly unrelated symptoms, try not to. A quick Google search may tell you that your child has roseola infantum.

Roseola, also known as sixth disease, is a common childhood condition. Sometimes the outbreaks are local, sometimes they’re random. Cases almost always occur in children between the ages of six months and three years. The ailment is rare in children over four.

1. What Are the Symptoms of Roseola Infantum?

Your child may not show symptoms of roseola infantum until five to 15 days after infection. When symptoms do arise, they may appear suddenly or develop gradually. Some children begin with a mild respiratory illness followed by an elevated temperature, while others acquire a high fever seemingly out of nowhere. The fever may last for up to one week.

A rash ensues almost immediately after the temperature subsides, typically within a few hours. The eruption can either be raised or pinkish-red and flat. It does not itch. It typically occurs on the trunk of the body and turns white when touched. In some cases, the spots may have a red halo around them. The rash usually lasts for two days.

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