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Roseola

Has your little one had a sudden high fever and no other real symptoms? It may be a virus known as Roseola. Physicians at area Centra Care locations have been seeing babies and toddlers with Roseola a little more than usual in the last couple of weeks.

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Roseola is a viral infection that commonly affects infants and children under five. It typically causes high fever (over 103 degrees F) for a few days, followed by a non-itchy rash lasting from several hours to several days.

There is no specific treatment for Roseola. The virus usually gets better on its own, without complications.

Call your health care provider if your child:

  • Has a fever that does not go down with acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • Continues to appear very sick
  • Seems extremely tired

ANY CHILD WITH A FEVER/RASH COMBINATION SHOULD ALWAYS BE EXAMINED BY A DOCTOR.

Like the common cold, Roseola is spread through contact with bodily fluids like saliva or nasal secretions. Frequent hand washing is the best prevention.


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