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Roseola in Children

  • Overview

    Roseola is a viral illness that results in a rash or skin eruption. It usually consists of a high fever and a rash that develops as the fever decreases.

    • Roseola is contagious, although the way it is spread is still unknown.
    • It may take between five to 15 days for a child to develop symptoms of roseola after being exposed to the disease.
    • It occurs mostly in children under the age of 3 and occurs mostly in the spring and fall.
    • The most serious complication that can occur with roseola is febrile seizures. This means that as the child's temperature increases, there is a chance of the child having a seizure that is directly related to the fever.
    • Since roseola is a viral infection, there is no treatment known to interrupt its course. The goal of treatment is to help decrease the severity of the symptoms.
    • Do not give aspirin to children who are running a fever as it is associated with the risk of developing Reye's syndrome, a serious and sometimes deadly disease.
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