Roseola: Symptoms & Signs

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Roseola is a mild viral illness of childhood. It is characterized by high fever that typically comes on suddenly and lasts for three to five days. Other symptoms of roseola are

The rash is usually pink in color and consists of tiny flat or slightly raised dots. Nonspecific symptoms can occur in ill infants and children. These symptoms and signs can include

Causes of roseola

Roseola is primarily caused by the human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) and less frequently by human herpesvirus 7 (HHV-7). It is spread from person to person, typically through oral secretions.

REFERENCE:

Gorman, Christopher R. "Roseola Infantum." Medscape.com. June 2, 2016. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1133023-overview>.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/30/2017

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