Roseola (also known as sixth disease) is one of the many spotty diseases in children. The viral cause was only discovered recently. The sixth disease occurs mainly in children between 3 months and 3 years. There is no vaccination for the sixth disease.
Roseola is caused by the herpes virus (type 6). This does not seem to have anything to do with genital herpes or a cold sore. Infection occurs via droplet infection (coughing, talking, sneezing, dirty hands) and oral contact (kissing, biting). Prevention of contamination is not possible. The disease is contagious from the moment the fever rises and until the spots have disappeared.
The 6th disease is not dangerous for pregnancy
Very characteristic is the high fever. There is no explanation for the high fever, above 39 degrees. The fever may take 3 to 5 days to drop. The glands in the neck and behind the ears can swell. As soon as the temperature drops, small reddish spots appear on the face and on the trunk. These spots can become itchy. This skin rash disappears after 1 to 2 days.
The sixth disease is easily recognized by a physician in the skin rash. In principle, no additional research is required.
Treatment does not exist, but what you can do is:
The child is already contagious before the disease has broken out, and that will persist until the spots have disappeared. Inquire with the school's policy and report that the child has the sixth disease.
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