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      Category : Health Centers > Infections (Infectious Diseases)


Alternate Names : Exanthema Subitum, Pseudorubella

Roseola | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the infection?

The first symptom of roseola is a fever, which can go up to 103 to 106 degrees Fahrenheit, or 39.4 to 41.2 Celsius. The fever remains consistently high until the fourth day. The child may be listless and irritable. The fever goes away at about the same time that a rash appears. The rash usually starts on the trunk and may move to the neck, arms, and legs. There are usually a number of red spots and bumps that do not itch.

Other symptoms of roseola include the following:

  • bulging of the fontanel, or soft spot, in the head of an infant
  • cough
  • mild diarrhea
  • mild sore throat
  • puffy eyelids
  • runny nose
  • swollen glands in the neck
  • The child may also have febrile seizures, or convulsion due to fever.

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    Roseola: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Lynn West, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 08/20/01

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