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Warning Signs Of Roseola

Roseola is caused by a viral infection. The illness has a quick onset but also has a relatively short life. It is mildly contagious and usually affects children under two years old, although there have been cases in older children, teens, and adults as well. Because roseola is usually mild, individuals might not even recognize the symptoms. Thankfully, roseola is pretty benign and is rarely a serious illness most children have contracted before they go to kindergarten. However, understanding its symptoms and effective treatments is still quite beneficial.

Mild Upper Respiratory Illness

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A typical sign of roseola is a mild upper respiratory illness. Everyone generally knows what a cold looks like. Patients might get a stuffy or runny nose, a cough, or a combination of every common cold symptom. Generally, a mild upper respiratory illness like the common cold takes a little bit of time to run its course and it is over. What patients need to look for are other signs that might indicate it is roseola. 

Because the illness comes on so fast and is over quickly, individuals might not notice any other symptoms. It might present differently than a cold because it can be accompanied by a fever. The most patients can do with these symptoms is to manage them with over-the-counter medication, as there is really no way to cure the symptoms.

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