Also indexed as:Erythema Infectiosum, Fifth Disease, Roseola infantum, Rubella, Scarlet Fever, Diseases, Childhood
It’s up to parents to protect children from common contagious diseases that can cause skin rashes and other symptoms. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
About This Condition
Some of the most common illnesses of childhood cause skin eruptions and are known as exanthems. The
childhood exanthems include rubeola (measles), rubella (German measles),
chicken pox, erythema infectiosum (fifth disease), and roseola infantum, all of which are viral infections,
as well as scarlet fever, a bacterial infection. All of these infections affect the respiratory system and
are highly contagious.
Children with these illnesses usually recover fully even without treatment; however, all of these
conditions carry the possibility of severe complications, such as pneumonia, heart and kidney damage, and
encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). Vaccinations and other changes in modern lifestyle have rendered
several of these previously common illnesses virtually nonexistent in the developed world, though they are
widespread and remain a major cause of childhood deaths in other parts of the world.
Children with a childhood disease may have symptoms including muscle aches, fatigue, fever, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, runny nose, nausea, and vomiting. There may also be an itchy skin rash with red bumps that may look like blisters.
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