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Find out how to recognize and treat the signs and symptoms of a roseola infection.

Key points

  • Roseola is a viral infection that usually affects children aged 6 months to 2 years.
  • Symptoms include high fever followed by a rash.
  • Roseola is spread through person to person contact with saliva or nasal secretions.
  • Treatment is with over-the-counter medications to bring down the fever. There is no specific treatment for roseola.
  • The best way to prevent roseola is through frequent handwashing. Avoid contact with people who have the infection.
Last updated: August 30th 2023