John Mersch, MD, FAAP
Dr. Mersch received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego, and prior to entering the University Of Southern California School Of Medicine, was a graduate student (attaining PhD candidate status) in Experimental Pathology at USC. He attended internship and residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
- Roseola facts
- What is roseola? Is roseola contagious?
- What virus causes roseola?
- How is roseola spread? What is the incubation period for roseola?
- What are roseola symptoms and signs?
- What specialties of doctors treat roseola?
- How do health-care professionals diagnose roseola?
- How high can the fever go with roseola?
- What are home remedies for roseola?
- What is the treatment for the fever of roseola?
- What should one do if his or her child with roseola has a seizure?
- Can the fever cause a seizure?
- Is a seizure due to fever dangerous?
- Is there a rash with roseola?
- What is most remarkable characteristic of roseola?
- How long does roseola last?
- Are there any complications of roseola?
- Should a child with roseola see a doctor?
- When can the child return to child care?
- Is it possible to prevent roseola?
- What is the prognosis for a child with roseola?
- Are there other names for roseola?
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- Roseola is a mild viral illness most commonly involving young children.
- Roseola (also termed sixth disease, roseola infantum, and exanthema subitum) is a common viral infection that occurs mainly in children.
- A sudden high fever that lasts for three to five days is an early feature of roseola. Mild nasal congestion and loose stools may accompany the fever.
- When the fever disappears, a rash appears, which may last one to two days.
- The rash of roseola is not contagious.
- Roseola usually resolves without any treatment.
What is roseola? Is roseola contagious?
- Roseola is a mild contagious illness caused by either one of two viruses. Characteristically, roseola has a sudden onset and relatively short duration.
- Roseola is most common in children 6-24 months of age, with the average age of 9 months. Less frequently, older children, teens, and (rarely) adults may be infected.
What virus causes roseola?
Roseola is primarily caused by a virus called human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) and less frequently by human herpesvirus 7 (HHV-7).
How is roseola spread? What is the incubation period for roseola?
- Roseola is spread from person to person, typically by transfer of oral secretions.
- The incubation period between exposure to the virus and onset of symptoms is nine to 10 days.
- Humans are the only natural hosts for HHV-6 and HHV-7.
- Unlike some other viral infections, roseola occurs throughout the year without seasonal variation.
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