Roseola is a condition characterized by fever and skin rash that may be flat or raised. It’s common in children and caused by human herpesvirus 6 or, occasionally, human herpesvirus 7. Roseola is usually harmless and can be treated with rest and medication. In rare cases, roseola may cause high fever, leading to complication. There are two type of rash fever, including Scarlet fever and roseola.
It generally takes a week or two for signs and symptoms of roseola to appear. Sometimes, signs and symptoms may be very mild or may not be visible at all. Common signs and symptoms include:
Other signs and symptoms of roseola may include:
There may be some symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor. The first signs and symptoms of roseola may resemble those of Dengue fever. You should learn how to distinguish roseola and Dengue fever.
You should contact your doctor if your child has any of the following:
If your child has any signs or symptoms listed above or have any questions, please consult with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.
Is roseola contagious? The answer is yes. It’s an infection brought on by human herpesvirus 6 or, occasionally, human herpesvirus 7. Roseola spreads from person to person through physical contact with an infected person or their personal belongings. For example, a healthy child who shares a cup with a child who has roseola could contract the virus. Roseola doesn’t spread through casual commnunication.
Adults who never had roseola may develop it if they come into contact with infected children. However, healthy adults are less likely to get severe roseola. Even if you only have light fever with no visible rash, you may still spread the infection to your children and other family members.
Roseola is common in infants and children between 6 months to 2 years old. Most children get in in daycare. Sometimes, adults may get roseola, too. Consult with your doctor for further information.
Kindergarten kids are most likely to get roseola due to their underdeveloped immune system. Moreover, the classroom environment increases the risk of spreading infection from one child to another. The most common age for a child to contract roseola is between 6 and 15 months.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.
Doctors diagnose roseola with the child’s medical history and a physical exam. They’ll know for sure it’s roseola when the child has rash and fever, or they may order a blood test to check for antibodies to roseola.
Your doctor may prescribe medication for high fever. Common medication for fever include acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin). You should wipe your child’s body with water to reduce fever. If you give medication to an infant, follow your doctor’s presciption closely. Avoid giving aspirin to those under 20 years old due to the risk of Reye’s syndrome.
If symptoms are not severe, roseola may go away on its own without treatment.
If your child has roseola, let them rest in bed to avoid spreading the infection to other children.
If you are infected or have to take care of infected children, wash your had regularly to avoid spreading the infection to those with a compromised immune system.
Encourage your child to drink plain water, ginger tea, lemonade soda, meat broth, mineral water or sports drinks such as Gatorade or Powerade to prevent dehydration.
If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.