Learn and Understand Roseola the Fake Measles


It’s time for your baby’s bath time when you noticed rosy pink rashes on her chest. Few days ago, she had high fever and figured this could be the cause. The following day, pink rashes are everywhere, which made you feel alarmed. Could this be a sign of measles? Probably not. Your child might be experiencing roseola or baby measles. It is a mild and common viral illness, which affects kids between three months to three years old. Aside from this, here are other things you should know about fake measles or roseola.

Roseola symptoms

Roseola starts with high fever, which is often higher than 39.5 degrees Celsius. This could last for few hours up to five days. As the temperature falls, raised, red or pink rashes appear on your child’s neck and body. Later on, these rashes will appear on her face, arms, and legs.

Your child might also experience runny nose, red eyes, poor appetite, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, irritability, and mild diarrhea.


Aside from the high fever, which often drops abruptly, the appearance of the rashes will set roseola apart from the other conditions.

If your child has roseola, the pink rashes may have raised bumps or small flat spots in it. The rashes also have lighter halo around them and the spots will turn white if you press on them.

The rashes are not itchy or uncomfortable, hence there is no need to use anti-itch creams on them. It is also less likely to spread simply by coming in contact with the rashes.

Roseola is part of the herpes family

Don’t worry. It doesn’t mean your child has sexually transmitted disease. Types 6 and 7 human herpes virus or HHV, type of viruses under the herpes family, causes roseola. However, it is not genital herpes and won’t lead to herpes infections such as cold sores.

Seizures are less likely to happen, but it can.

Roseola comes first with high fever. There are up to 15 percent of roseola cases wherein children experience febrile seizures, or convulsions caused by high fevers. When this happens, your child may be unconscious and could jerk her facial muscles, arms, and legs for two to three minutes. Make sure to time the length of the seizure because your doctor wants to know how long it lasted.

It is contagious

Although close contact with the rashes is not harmful, roseola can spread through saliva or respiratory droplets caused by coughing or sneezing. Fecal oral contact could also be another possibility to spreading the virus.

There is no specific treatment for roseola.

Just like most viral illnesses, roseola needs to run its own course and will fade eventually. Since it is a viral illness, antibiotics won’t work.

However, make sure to monitor your child’s temperature to prevent seizures. Increase fluid intake and sponge bath with lukewarm water could help manage the temperature. Giving your child paracetamol, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen could also help with your child’s fever. Allow your child to rest and recover.

Roseola is not a serious illness, especially when treated properly. You can always consult your doctor for more information about this condition.


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