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What is roseola? Is roseola contagious?

Roseola is a mild contagious illness caused by either one of two viruses. Characteristically, roseola has a sudden onset and relatively short duration. Roseola is most common in children 6-24 months of age, with the average age of 9 months. Less frequently, older children, teens, and (rarely) adults may be infected.

Picture of the roseola rash
Picture of the roseola rash; SOURCE: Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine. Klaus Wolff, Lowell A. Goldsmith, Stephen I. Katz, Barbara A. Gilchrest, Amy S. Paller, David J. Leffell. Seventh Edition. Copyright 2008, 2005, 2001, 1997, 1993 by The McGraw-Hill Companies. All rights reserved.
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Comment from: 3/20/14, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 10

My daughter is 10 months old and had diarrhea, fussiness, and a fever of 103.6 for 5 days. She started out with a small rash on her chest, which her doctor attributed to teething. By the fifth day her fever broke (cool cloth and Tylenol), and on the sixth day we woke up to a rash on her tummy, chest, neck and face. We took her to the doctor and they said it was roseola. The next day she had a rash on her entire body including palms of hands and bottoms of feet. We took her to the emergency room and they said she has an extreme case of roseola. The rash went away over the weekend with just remnants of the rash left. Then on Sunday the rash started to appear again, now it's Monday and it's back full force. I am trying to get her in to see her doctor. She does seem more tired than usual.

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Comment from: RogerPenna, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 15

My daughter out of nothing had this very sudden and high fever, starting on a Wednesday, 4 days after her first birthday party. In the first day of fever, it was a mild 37.5 C fever, and she seemed will enough. Except for the temperature, she did not seem to have a fever at all. In the 2nd day the fever got to near 40 C (39.7) and she was quite irritable, wanted to be carried around and was very sad. But she never lost appetite. So we called her doctor and he told us to keep an eye on her and call him again if she lost appetite, developed diarrhea or coughing and sneezing and also told us to give her some paracetamol. Saturday morning she woke up with her head cool and indeed, the fever was gone. A few hours later we noticed some rashes in her neck and chest. It's Sunday night as I write this. She was covered in rashes at her chest and back, as well as some on the sides of her face and side of the forehead. We called the doctor this morning and he already said it was roseola, which confirmed our suspicions based on the symptoms. We are not sure it itches but she has been irritated only when at home with mom and dad. We visited neighbors yesterday and my mother today and she was a perfect lady both times, just to arrive home, start crying and wanting to be carried around, not usual behavior.

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