Skip to content

    Skin Problems & Treatments Health Center

    Roseola Directory

    Roseola (roseola infantum) is a mild and harmless illness most common in children 6 months to 2 years of age. It is caused by two common viruses which belong to the herpes family but which do not cause cold sores or genital sores. The viruses are spread through droplets from coughing and sneezing. The main symptom of roseola is a sudden, high fever -- 103F-105F - that can last for up to 8 days and then quickly subsides, leaving a pink rash on the trunk , neck, and arms that may last up to 2 days. Diagnosis is made by the distinct rosy-hued rash left in a fever's wake. Treatment includes fever reducers and sponge baths. Roseola can cause fever seizures because of the rapid increase in temperature. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about roseola, what it looks like, its symptoms, treatment, and much more.

    Medical Reference


    Thumbnail: Is My Newborn Normal?

    To help prepare you for those first hours, days, and weeks of life, here's a head-to-toe guide to newborn health.

    Read Full Article

    Slideshows & Images

    Expert Commentary

    Today on WebMD

    Pictures and symptoms of the red, scaly rash.
    baby bath
    A good one helps halt eczema flares
    woman with cleaning products
    Top causes of the itch that rashes.
    atopic dermatitus
    Identify and treat common skin problems.