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.
The cause of roseola is human herpes virus 6. sometimes human herpes virus 7 can also be a causative factor.
Roseola spreads from person to person if someone gets into contact with infected persons’ respiratory secretions.
Roseola is an extremely contagious disease even in absence of rashes. Which means the condition spreads when the infected child has fever.
It is important to keep a watch on children’s illness. Roseola hardly results in community outbreak.
4 Making a Diagnosis
The diagnosis of roseola is based on the characteristic rash or blood test to check the presence of antibodies against roseola.
Seek doctor’s consultation if fever of the child lasts more than a week. Or exceeds 103F.
It is recommended to make a list of all questions that you might have about your child’s health.
Before visit to the doctor child must be given adequate rest and must drink large amounts of fluids.
The doctor would do a thorough physical checkup in which he will examine the skin lesions very carefully.
Will ask questions about history of fever and answers must be correct and informative.
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