A school-age child with no prior vaccines presents with a generalized itchy rash following a few days of fever, sore throat, and decreased energy.
What it this rash? What causes it? How do we treat it?
Treatment depends on the patient’s age! Supportive care is usually all that is necessary in patients <12yo because the disease is typically self-limited. Antiviral therapy (e.g. acyclovir or valacyclovir) should be considered in patients at increased risk of complications.