Tomato Fever: Causes, Symptoms, Precautions

Tomato Fever: Causes, Symptoms, Precautions

21 May 2022 | 3 min Read

Manisha Pradhan

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With the outbreak of the Tomato Fever in Kerala and reports of over 82 cases of kids being affected with it, it’s a matter of great concern for parents, especially parents with younger children.

It’s important to understand what Tomato Fever actually is and what parents can do to protect their children from this viral infection.

What Is Tomato Fever?

Tomato flu or tomato fever is a viral infection that causes red rashes, dehydration and skin irritation among kids under five years. The infection gets its name from the fact that the red rashes are almost the same size as tomatoes.

What Are The Symptoms Of Tomato Fever?

The symptoms of tomato fever could be one, or more of the following along with skin rashes:

  1. Joint pain and swelling in joints
  2. Body ache
  3. Dehydration
  4. Nausea
  5. Vomiting
  6. Diarrhoea
  7. Stomach cramps
  8. Runny nose
  9. Sneezing
  10. Coughing
  11. High fever
  12. Spherical blisters in various parts of the body

In certain cases the colour of the hands and legs may also change.

Isolate your child to prevent others from getting infected.

How To Prevent Tomato Fever?

To prevent Tomato Fever a few things need to be kept in mind:

  • Firstly, good hygiene must be maintained in and around the house.
  • Keep your surroundings clean.
  • Avoid any kind of street food. 
  • Add plenty of fresh fruits and green vegetables to your child’s diet to build immunity.
  • Keep your child well hydrated and make them drink plenty of fluids especially water.
  • Do not expose your child to anyone who has been infected by it as it is highly contagious and spreads easily.
If your child is infected with Tomato Fever, don’t allow her/him to scratch or scrub the rashes / image source:

What Should You Do If Your Child Is Infected With Tomato Fever?

Even though Tomato Fever is said to be self-limiting and there is no specific drug for it, there are certain things to keep in mind if your child is infected.

1.Firstly if you see any of the symptoms mentioned above on your child then immediately consult a doctor.

2. Isolate your child to prevent others from getting infected.

3. Give your child plenty of fluids to keep their bodies hydrated.

4. Do not allow your child to scratch or scrub the rashes.

5. Sanitise your surroundings and the utensils, clothes etc that your child uses.

6. Make sure your child gets adequate rest.

7. Make sure any raw food that you serve your child, like fruits and salads, is thoroughly washed.

Last but not the least, stay in regular touch with the doctor.











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