Exanthem subitum; Sixth disease
The child may have a runny nose, sore throat, and eye redness.
A fever usually occurs before the rash appears. It lasts for 3 (sometimes up to 7) days. The fever may be as high as 105° Fahrenheit, and it generally responds well to acetaminophen (Tylenol).
Between the second and fourth day of the illness, the fever drops and a rash appears (often as the fever falls).
- The rash starts on the trunk and spreads to the limbs, neck, and face. The rash is pink or rose-colored, and has fairly small sores that are slightly raised.
- The rash lasts from a few hours to 2 - 3 days. It usually does not itch.
Other symptoms include:
feverthat comes on quickly
Signs and tests
- Physical exam of rash
- Swollen lymph nodes on the neck (cervical nodes) or back of the scalp (occipital nodes)