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.
In this Article
- What is roseola?
- What virus causes roseola?
- How is roseola spread?
- What are roseola symptoms and signs?
- How high can the fever go with roseola?
- What is the treatment for the fever of roseola?
- Can the fever cause a seizure?
- Is a seizure due to fever dangerous?
- What should I do if my child with roseola has a seizure?
- Is there a rash with roseola?
- What is most remarkable characteristic of roseola?
- What is the course of roseola?
- Are there any complications of roseola?
- Should I take my child to the doctor with roseola?
- When can the child return to child care?
- Are there other names for roseola?
- Roseola At A Glance
- Find a local Pediatrician in your town
What should I do if my child with roseola has a seizure?
Keep calm and help the child to the floor, loosening any clothing around the neck. Remove any sharp objects that could cause injury, and turn the child on one side so saliva can flow from the mouth. Putting a cushion or a folded coat under the head for a pillow is fine, but do not put anything in the child's mouth. The best thing is just to wait it out. Do not leave the child unattended while calling the paramedics of the doctor's office. Children are often drowsy and sleep after a seizure. That is normal. After the seizure, you should contact your child's health-care provider to determine if your child should be immediately examined.
Is there a rash with roseola?
Yes, but not in the beginning. When the fever disappears, a rash appears. The rash is mainly located on the neck and torso (the abdomen, trunk, and back), but it can also be on the arms and legs (extremities).
The rash appears as separate little raised dots (papules) or as a flat (macular) rash. The skin is mildly red in color and temporarily blanches with pressure. The rash is not itchy or painful. It is not contagious. The rash lasts two to four days and does not return.
What is most remarkable characteristic of roseola?
What is most striking is that the child seems so well despite having a high fever.
What is the course of roseola?
The fever of roseola lasts three to five days followed by a rash lasting about one to two days. Roseola usually resolves without any treatment. Immunity to HHV-6 seems to be lifelong.
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