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How to recognize and cure Chickenpox

How to recognize and cure Chickenpox

How to recognize and cure Chickenpox

How to recognize and cure Chickenpox? Roseola is not diagnosed by all doctors, but 80% of babies suffer from this disease. We decided to find out from a specialist the nuances of this unusual disease.

This disease has many different names. “Three-day fever”, “Sixth disease”, “Pseudo-rubella” … Few know about it, but almost all parents of babies from six months to 2 years old are confronted with roseola. We asked Tatyana Ostapenko, a pediatrician from the Semeynaya clinic chain, to tell us more about the disease, which is so often confused with chickenpox.

Baby roseola (or sudden exanthema) is a disease that many parents have never heard of, but it occurs in almost all children in the first year of life, most often at 9-11 months. It is caused by the human herpes virus type 6 (rarely type 7). Roseola is similar in appearance to chickenpox, but the other symptoms of these diseases are different.

How does roseola manifest itself?

The first symptom is a sharp rise in temperature, up to 39 degrees. At the same time, there is no runny nose, no cough, no other manifestations of viral disease or a cold. And the temperature lasts for three days (in rare cases, up to five days), does not decrease even when taking antipyretics.

Of course, at such a body temperature, the child becomes capricious, drowsy, lethargic, the daily routine gets off, problems with appetite appear.
On the fourth day, the temperature drops sharply, a rash appears on the body, arms, and legs (rarely on the face). The rash covers wide areas, it is very noticeable, but it does not cause much concern to the child, because it does not itch. As a rule, after two days the rash disappears, and with it, the disease itself disappears.

The rash is not contagious! You can easily communicate with your child without fear of any dermatological problems. Another sign that points specifically to roseola is the nature of the rash: if you press on the area with the rash, it will not become paler (as is usually the case with other skin pathologies).

Is there a cure for roseola?

This disease does not need specific treatment, but it is necessary to consult a doctor and monitor the child’s condition. To alleviate the condition of the baby, you need to monitor sufficient fluid intake, it is best in this situation to give dried fruit compote, fruit drink, tea, mineral water.

The liquid must be at room temperature. If the temperature is kept below 38 degrees, then drugs are not required, and if it is higher, then an antipyretic should be given.

The diet can be what the child is used to, in accordance with his age and the recommendations of the pediatrician – vegetable purees, cereals, mixtures. And it is better to refuse mashed meat for the duration of the illness. And do not forget to regularly ventilate the child’s room and the whole apartment as a whole.

How can you get roseola?

Most often, children get sick through direct contact with adult carriers of the herpes virus, and you can get infected through any objects. Adult carriers do not get sick themselves, that is, they do not have any symptoms of the disease. Therefore, it is impossible to say with accuracy from whom exactly the child was infected.

Can there be a recurrence of roseola?

No, roseola gets sick once (or does not get sick at all, which is rare). After an illness, immunity develops.

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