ROSEOLA

Description

  • Roseola is a common viral infection that usually affects babies and toddlers.
  • It typically causes a fever and a spotty rash for a few days.

Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Other signs and symptoms of roseola may include:
  • Irritability in infants and children
  • Mild diarrhea
  • Decreased appetite
  • Swollen eyelids

Causes

  • Human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6)
  • Human herpesvirus 7 (HHV-7)

Risk Factors

  • Older infants are at greatest risk
  • Common age for a child to contract roseola is between 6 and 15 months

Diagnostic Tests

  • Blood test
  • Telltale rash

Treatment

  • Medication:
  • Acetaminophen:
  • Tylenol
  • Ibuprofen:
  • Advil
  • Motrin
  • Ganciclovir (Cytovene)

Lifestyle Management

  • Clean surfaces regularly
  • Don’t share cups, plates, cutlery and kitchen utensils
  • Wash your hands often
  • Ensure your child sneezes and coughs into tissues
  • Plenty of rest
  • Plenty of fluids
  • Sponge baths