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What is roseola?

Roseola is a temporary illness caused by one of two viruses. Characteristically, roseola has a sudden onset and relatively short duration. Roseola is most common in children 6 to 24 months of age, with the average age around 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: Sara, Female (Caregiver) Published: March 19

My 11 months old son had roseola, he first had high fever for 3days. After one day gap rashes appeared on his head, tummy and back and very next day the same rash appeared on his arms and legs. He is active and eating well but sleeping more then he normally does. It is the second day of the rash and I m waiting for the rash to go away.

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Comment from: joannezz, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 07

My 19 month girl developed fever 5 days ago suddenly, about 39.4 degree. She looked fine and was energetic, didn't seems to be sick at all but we went to see doctor as her fever was constantly high. The urine test came back normal and the doctor gave us some medication and instructed us to feed her every 4 hours and go back again if the fever still remained high 3 to 4 days later. Her fever went down to 37 to 38 degree, sometimes normal during the day time, but the fever went up to 38 during night but we didn't bring her back to doctor, thinking that it was not threatening. Today is day 5 and she developed rashes and my mum suspected it to be fake measles aka roseola in which the rashes will eventually go off after a couple of days. Today she is still having slight fever at about 37.6 degree. We brought her to the doctor again and the doctor diagnosed it to be roseola due to the rashes, which was all over her body and face but it doesnt irritate her at all. Doctor says that it is okay and should be gone after couple of days. If her fever still didn't subside 2 days later, we should bring her to the hospital for a check again as usually the fever would have subsided after a couple of days but today is the 5th. She lost her appetite 2 days after the fever breakout and is having mild diarrhea. I hope she will get well by tomorrow!

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