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Virus: Roseola is a viral infection that causes a rash and fever. It is common in infants and children. The most common virus is human herpesvirus 6, but other viruses can cause the same clinical picture. Not the same herpes virus that causes painful genital blisters. It is spread from contact with respiratory secretions (ie saliva) of an infected person (usually before symptoms even show it is spread). ...Read more
Unfortunately yes!: Roseola infantum usually cause by herpes type 6, 7 etc , are viruses! same as getting cold sores ! you can have repeated infections like colds , aside from giving the parents lots of sleepless night because of the high fevers and subsequent rashes...It is fairly a benign virus illness! regards ! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Comfort only: Treatment is directed at assuring proper hydration, nutrition and rest.These kids can be quite unhappy for the 3-7 days f this illness and the fever can be unresponsive to meds. As long as they can make pee every 6-8 hours and take in some nutrients, this will pass. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: When saying "catch", you would need to be more specific. As far as being a carrier, yes, they can, unless they had as a child. As far as having symptoms of it, much less likely, as it is common in children and adults have probably had it even if it was not diagnosed as such. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fever & rash: Roseola is a common frustrating virus , usually experienced in childhood. 3-7 days of varied fevers that can be sustained @105 in toddlers & followed a lacy rash over the trunk & extremities.It often amplifies after a bath or shower.The temperature usually disappears as the rash emerges & the rash may take a couple weeks to fade.Other than feeling rotten with the fever itspretty benign in adults. ...Read more
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