Symptoms of roseola include the following:
- 103°F to 105°F
- Begins suddenly and is not associated with other symptoms
- Lasts 3 days, occasionally a day or two longer
- Convulsions may occur in association with high fever in up to 5% to 10% of children
Rash is characteristic in roseola and develops typically 12 to 24 hours after the fever
- Appears first on chest and abdomen
- May spread to arms, legs, neck, and face
- Lasts for a few hours to a few days and does not itch
Other symptoms or signs may include:
- Swelling of lymph nodes in the neck and behind the ears
- Poor appetite
- Upper respiratory tract infection symptoms may be present before onset of fever
The appearance of a rash after the fever disappears is the characteristic sign of roseola.
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