What is roseola?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Roseola is a medical condition that is caused by a virus infection. It usually occurs in small children, typically age 4 and younger. A child who develops roseola may have the following symptoms:

- fever
- skin rash on the trunk, limbs, and face
- runny nose
- sore throat
- red eyes

A doctor may recommend giving a child with roseola acetaminophen (Tylenol). This condition usually goes away on its on within a few days.

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