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more about Roseola

  • A viral illness, common in preschool-age children
  • Accompanied by fever and red rash lasting 3-7 days
  • Occurs year-round
  • Ninety percent of cases occur in the first 2 years of life.

  • Red rash, fever, irritability
  • Generally, children do not appear ill and appetite is unaffected.

  • Physical exam to consider other causes of fever and rash
  • Lab tests are not helpful.
  • Specific tests for human herpes virus-6 (HHV-6), the most common cause, are currently being developed.

  • Tylenol is recommended for high fevers.

  • Five to 10% will have Seizures due to the high fever.
  • Viral Meningitis or Encephalitis can very rarely occur.
  • Bruising (bleeding under the skin) due to low platelets can also be seen.

  • Usually transmitted by respiratory secretions, so these are to be avoided in ill children.

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