Roseola Infantum: Overview

Roseola Infantum, often just called Roseola, is an infectious disease affecting babies and young children. Typical symptoms are “rash after fever”. There is an initially high fever lasting 3 to 5 days, followed later by a patchy rash that appears once the fever has dissipated. The rash usually appears first on the body, and then on the face, arms and legs. The rash can last up to 2 days, but in some cases the rash is so mild that it is not noticed by parents. The main complications are those of a very high fever (e.g. febrile convulsions, hallucinations, etc.). Treatment of Roseola is symptomatic and primarily aims to keep the fever down so as to avoid these complications.

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