Roseola - Symptom
Exanthem subitum; Sixth disease
The time between becoming infected and the beginning of symptoms (incubation period) is 5 to 15 days.
The first symptoms include:
- Eye redness
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- High fever, that comes on quickly and may be as high as 105° Fahrenheit and can last 3 to 7 days
About 2-4 days after becoming sick, the child's fever lowers and a rash appears. This rash usually:
- Starts on the middle of the body and spreads to the arms, legs, neck, and face.
- Pink or rose-colored,
- Has small sores that are slightly raised
The rash lasts from a few hours to 2 - 3 days. It usually does not itch.
Signs and tests:
Your health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask questions about the child's medical history. The child may have swollen lymph nodes in the neck or back of the scalp.
- Reviewed last on: 8/2/2011
- Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
Leach CT. Roseola (human herpesviruses 6 and 7). In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 18th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 253.
Caserta MT. Roseola. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 248.
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