Roseola is a mild infection affecting children by the age of two years, very less often it affects adults.
Roseola is a very common disorder among children. So much so that most children who enter kindergarten have been infected by roseola.
Roseola is caused by herpes virus and typical signs are few days of fever sometimes roseola is so mild that there are no clear indications of illness.
While some experience full range of signs and symptoms. Roseola is not a very severe disorder and is fully treatable.
Sometimes signs and symptoms of roseola don’t appear at all. It’s possible to be infected with roseola but with very mild symptoms which typically include:
Roseola starts with sudden high fever along with sore throat runny nose or cough. And this fever lasts 3-5 days.
Once the temperature becomes normal rash appears typically but may not be present always. These rashes are small pink spots flat or raised with a white ring around them starting from chest back and abdomen. Spreading to neck and arms. It may or may not reach the legs. The rashes are not itchy and can last from several hours to days.
Some additional symptoms include irritability of infants and children and diarrhea and swollen eyelids. It is possible for the child to have convulsion due to sudden spike in fever. It is advisable to seek immediate medical care.
It is recommended to visit a doctor if the fever and the rashes last more than seven days. If your immune system is depressed and you get in contact with a person infected with roseola then contact your doctor immediately and you should be monitored for possible infections which can be more severe.
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