Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Roseola Itching

Home treatment for itching with roseola include:

  • Cleanse itchy skin with mild soap and water.
  • Massage itchy areas with an ice cube or apply a cold compress.
  • Take a cool bath or shower to reduce itching:
    • Consider oatmeal (Aveeno) baths.
  • Try to avoid the substance that caused the reaction.

Medications for itching include:

Oral antihistamines can be sedating. Do not mix antihistamines with alcohol or other sedatives.

Diphenhydramine Dosing Chart
AgeDoseIntervalMax Daily Dose
2-5 years6.25 mg4-6 hours37.5 mg/day
6-11 years12.5-25 mg4-6 hours150 mg/day
12 and older25-50 mg4-6 hours300 mg/day

Chlorpheniramine Dosing Chart
AgeDoseIntervalMax Daily Dose
Under 6consult your physician
6-11 years2 mg4-6 hours12 mg/day
12 and up4 mg4-6 hours24 mg/day

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Roseola References
  1. Leach CT. Human herpesvirus-6 and -7 infections in children: agents of roseola and other syndromes. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2000 Jun;12(3):269-74. [10836165]
  2. Stoeckle MY. The spectrum of human herpesvirus 6 infection: from roseola infantum to adult disease. Annu Rev Med. 2000;51:423-30. [10774474]
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