How is roseola managed or treated?

Roseola symptoms typically clear up on their own in about a week as the virus runs its course. Your healthcare provider may recommend giving your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen to bring down the fever. You shouldn’t need to treat the rash because it doesn’t itch or cause pain. Children who have weakened immune systems may need antiviral medications.

When should I call the doctor?

You should call your healthcare provider if your child experiences:

  • Difficulty breathing, cough or other signs of pneumonia.
  • Fever of 102° F (38.9° C) or higher for over 24 hours without any other symptoms.
  • Seizure.
  • Rash that is itchy or painful.
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Signs of dehydration, such as dark-colored urine and extreme fatigue.

What questions should I ask my doctor?

If your child has roseola, you may want to ask your healthcare provider:

  • How long will my child be contagious?
  • How long should my child stay home from day care or school?
  • What steps can I take to ensure other children or siblings don’t get infected?
  • What can I do to make my child more comfortable?
  • Should I notify my child’s day care or school about my child’s illness?
  • How long will the fever last? How long will the rash last?

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