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Rose Rash of Infants

Is your baby suffering from pinkish-red rashes on the skin following a fever? The cause may be nothing other than Roseola Rash, a particular medical syndrome. Read on to know Roseola Rash description, causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

What is Roseola Rash?

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Picture 1 – Photo of Roseola Rash
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Roseola Rash is a medical condition characterized by viral illness in very young children. The disease mainly affects kids who are aged between 6 months and 2 years. The viral illness gives rise to high fever in patients that lasts for several days. Rashes appear over the skin as soon as the fever starts to subside.

The condition is known by many other names such as Exanthema Subitum, Sixth Disease, Three-Day Fever, Baby Measles, Roseola Infantum, Rose Rash of Infants or simply Roseola.

Roseola Rash Symptoms

Roseola Rash patients can show a number of health abnormalities like :

Respiratory Disorder

Sufferers of this disorder normally have a mild upper respiratory disorder. Breathing difficulties are usually the first sign of this disease. Upper respiratory disorder appears in patients of Roseola Rash before fever.

High Fever

This is followed by high body temperatures that can go over 103 degree Fahrenheit. The fever persists for about 7 days. Roseola Rash and fever are common in many children.

Runny Nose

The patient has nasal discharge much like in common cold or fever.

Mood Irritability

During fever, the child may appear irritable or fussy. Mood irritability is one of the various symptoms of Roseola Rash.

Loss of Appetite

The condition may cause reduced appetite in the child. The sufferer loses the inclination to have food due to this disease.

Swollen lymph Nodes

The patient also suffers from inflammation in the lymph nodes in the neck.


Fever often leads to convulsions (febrile seizures) in the affected infant. Convulsions lead to fainting, jerking of limbs, face and loss of bladder control.


In most cases, the fever goes away suddenly. This is immediately followed by an outbreak of rashes on the body. Roseola rashes are mainly visible on the face, neck, limbs and on the trunk.


In rare cases, there may be other physical symptoms arising from Roseola Rash and vomiting is one of them. Because of high fever in Roseola Rash toddlers may vomit. A Roseola Rash baby can also suffer from stomach ache, sore throat and diarrhea.

What does Roseola Rash look like?

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Picture 2 – Roseola Rash Photo
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Roseola Rashes appear as small red spots on the skin. These turn pale under pressure from finger tips. Unlike many other rashes that are common in children, Roseola Rashes are neither irritating nor itchy. Only in rare cases Roseola Rash itchy symptoms are found.

Roseola Rash in Adults

In Roseola Rash infants are the main victims. In most cases of Roseola Rash children are seen to be sufferers. But you may also find the condition affecting adults and teenagers. Fortunately, such cases are rare and only a few grown-ups are seen to be affected by this disorder.

Roseola Rash Causes

As aforesaid, Roseola Rash is a viral illness. Virus agents like Human Herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) is primarily responsible for this disease. Rarely, it is also caused due to an infection by Human Herpesvirus 7 (HHV-7).

How long does Roseola Rash last?

You will normally find Roseola Rash lasting a week or a maximum of ten days. The fever normally lasts from 3-7 days. This is followed by the occurrence of rashes. In normal circumstances, rashes go away in a few hours or in about two or three days. Usually, Roseola Rash duration is not more than ten days.