Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Viral Exanthem Roseola Treatment

There is no cure for roseola. This is because there is no medical antiviral medication that is active against herpes virus (HHV-6) infection that causes roseola.

Children with roseola recover completely without treatment. Treatment for roseola may include rest, plenty of liquids, and acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever.

Treatment options for roseola include:

Viral Exanthem Roseola Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of roseola.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • I my child contagious?
    • For how long?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How do I avoid passing the infection to others?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to school?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having roseola again?
  • Will I need to see my doctor for a checkup?

Viral Exanthem Roseola Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat roseola:

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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 Viral Exanthem 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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