Roseola is a contagious viral infection that most commonly affects infants and children under two. Dr. Alvarado, what can you tell us about roseola?
Well, Dr. Patel, the key characteristic of roseola is a pinkish-red skin rash that appears after a high fever has come and gone. In most cases, roseola doesn't cause any complications, but some children may have seizures when they get a high fever, called febrile seizures.
Other rare but possible complications of roseola include meningitis, which is inflammation of the membrane covering the brain and spinal cord, and encephalitis, which is inflammation of the brain.