Roseola is a type of viral infection that mostly affects young children. It is characterized by a fast onset, meaning that symptoms develop very rapidly. Most patients are between 6 and 24 months old, although older children and even teenagers may become infected. There are different causes of roseola, but in most cases, the virus herpesvirus 6 is the culprit. There are difficulties in determining how roseola spreads, but it is believed that it can spread from person to person. Find out the top 10 symptoms of roseola.
The main indication of roseola is a fever, and usually a high fever that develops fast. This type of fever is often referred to as a sudden fever. Roseola patients often experience fevers of up to 100.4F or above. Note that for very high fevers, medical attention should be sought immediately. A fever is the body's response to the presence of an infection or an invading bacterium. Besides a fever, your child might experience a sore throat or a cough. Treat a fever by ensuring plenty of rest and a sufficient intake of fluids.
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