Roseola (also known as sixth disease) is a viral illness in young kids, most commonly affecting those between 6 months and 2 years old. It is usually marked by several days of high fever, followed by a distinctive rash just as the fever breaks. http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/skin/roseola.html#
Signs and Symptoms:
A child with roseola typically develops a mild upper respiratory illness, followed by a high fever (often over 103° F or 39.5° C) for up to a week. During this time, the child may appear fussy or irritable and may have a decreased appetite and swollen lymph nodes (glands) in the neck. www.SeeADoctorTODAY.com should these symptoms arise.
The high fever often ends abruptly, and at about the same time a pinkish-red flat or raised rash appears on the trunk and spreads over the body. The rash's spots blanch (turn white) when you touch them, and individual spots may have a lighter "halo" around them. The rash usually spreads to the neck, face, arms, and legs.
The fast-rising fever that comes with roseola triggers febrile seizureshttp://kidshealth.org/parent/general/sick/febrile.html (convulsions caused by high fevers) in about 10% to 15% of young children. Signs of a febrile seizure include:
Loss of control of the bladder or bowels
The fever of roseola lasts from 3 to 7 days, followed by a rash lasting from hours to a few days.
To make a diagnosis, your doctor first will take a history and do a thorough physical examination. A diagnosis of roseola is often uncertain until the fever drops and the rash appears, so the doctor may order tests to make sure that the fever is not caused by another type of infection. www.SeeADoctorTODAY.com