Diagnosing roseola often involves evaluating symptoms, though the initial symptoms can resemble those of other childhood illnesses such as measles. A distinguishing factor is that a roseola rash usually begins on the chest or back, while a measles rash typically starts on the head. In some cases, a blood test may be performed to confirm the diagnosis.


There is no specific treatment for roseola. Most children typically recover within a week after the onset of fever. Under the guidance of your doctor, you may consider administering nonprescription fever and pain medications suitable for infants or children, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen, as safer alternatives to aspirin.

It’s important to be cautious when giving aspirin to children or teenagers. While aspirin is approved for children older than age 3, it should be avoided in those recovering from chickenpox or flu-like symptoms. This precaution is necessary because aspirin has been associated with Reye’s syndrome, a rare but potentially life-threatening condition, in such individuals.

Additionally, for those with weakened immune systems, some doctors may prescribe the antiviral drug ganciclovir under specific circumstances.