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What is Roseola? Print E-mail
Written by Robert Smith   
Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Roseola is a bodywide infection caused by a herpes virus.

What is going on in the body?
Roseola is an infection caused by the human herpes virus 6, HHV6, and possibly HHV7. These are not the same herpes viruses that cause cold sores or genital herpes .

What are the causes and risks of the infection?

Roseola is a herpes virus infection. It is usually seen in children between the ages of 6 months and 2 years.

What are the treatments for the infection?
Since roseola is caused by a virus, antibiotics are not effective. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be used to reduce fever.

What are the side effects of the treatments?
Acetaminophen and ibuprofen may cause stomach upset or allergic reactions.

What happens after treatment for the infection?
After the roseola runs its course, the child can return to normal activities.

How is the infection monitored?
Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.


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