Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Sanet | 2011/03/25

Q.

Rubella?

My 5 yr old son came down with a fever on Wednesday night, which continued through Thursday. I thought he was just coming down with an upper respiratory infection which he gets at least once a year, as his tonsils seem to be a bit swollen with reddish spots at the back of his throat. The fever was better last night and this morning I noticed a red rash all over his back, front, under arms, and in the folds at his crotch. Doesn''t seem to itch. Can this be Rubella? The rash is flat - no bumps. Apart from the fever and his lack of energy not really any other symptoms. I suppose if I am right bed rest is the best option as this cannot be treated by antibiotics or should I take him to a dr??

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your son probably had the MMR vaccination so is unlikely to get Rubella. In addition the rash does not sound like rubella. He may have scarlet fever and should be seen by a doctor as he will need to be put on an antibiotic.

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