Roseola (cont.)

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Are there other names for roseola?

Roseola is referred to by a number of other names. It was formally called roseola infantum or roseola infantilis. Because the rash appears so suddenly (right after the fever dramatically departs), the disease is commonly called exanthem subitum.

To distinguish roseola from other childhood diseases featuring skin rashes, it was once dubbed "sixth disease" (because it was the sixth disease young children typically developed, and it lasted about six days). But that name has largely been forgotten.

REFERENCE:

American Academy of Pediatrics. Pickering, L.K., C.J. Baker, D.W. Kimberlin, and S.S. Long, eds. Red Book: 2009 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. 28th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics, 2009.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/15/2014

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