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Roseola is caused by a virus. It mainly affects children
younger than age 2. The symptoms from the virus take
about 7 to 15 days to develop. Roseola starts with a runny
nose followed by a fever of 102 F or higher that lasts
Within one day of the fever breaking, a rash appears on
the torso and the face. The rash is composed of small,
fairly flat pink spots. It may appear on the arms or legs,
but not as much as the torso. The rash will go away within
Your child can spread roseola during the fever, not during
the rash. Although the illness is harmless, it can be difficult
to know if the fever is caused by the roseola virus or a
more serious infection.
How to make your child more comfortable
Give your child:
- extra liquids
- acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Advil®) for
as needed for pain. Follow the package directions
for your child’s weight or age
There is no treatment for the rash.