Dr. Alan Greene on Catching Roseola

How long is a child with roseola contagious for?

Question

My son has roseola. He just got the rash today. How long is he contagious for?

Answer

Kids with roseola typically get a fever for three to five days and then break out in a rash after the fever disappears. It's not until the rash breaks out that people know what it is. But actually, when the rash appears, the child is no longer contagious!

Your son should already be feeling much better -- most of the crankiness usually leaves with the fever. But it can take a few more days to feel rested and all back to normal. Thankfully, most kids get roseola only once.

 

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