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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Odd name: This odd name came in an era before fancy lab tests. Recognition of a rash could predict the other aspects of the illness.The early rash producing ill ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
27 years experience in Pediatrics
Parvovirus B19: Also called "Slapped Cheek Syndrome,” this virus is known for its lacy red rash. The cheeks look very red, as though slapped. In kids, a non-specific ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
I see clusters yrly: As an illness, fifth disease usually makes its rounds amoung the infant and toddler set . I see it in clusters, affecting one or another day care cent ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arlo Miller
14 years experience in Dermatology
Parvo: Parvovirus b19 or fifth disease can show up as blotchy red cheeks or else as red hands and feet. There is usually some mild fever, sore throat or mal ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danielle Jones
7 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Although it is true that there is a parvovirus which infects animals, it is different from the parvovirus b19 that causes fifth's disease. These two v ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. CHERYL COLDWATER
37 years experience in Pediatrics
Coughs and sneezing: Fifth disease is a viral infection and is mainly spread by droplets from the nose and mouth. These can be passed to others especially through sneezin ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience in Infectious Disease
Usually no rash...: But fever and small joint pains, especially of the hands can occur.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience in Family Medicine
Fifth disease …: …is a viral illness (parvovirus b19) aka erythema infectiosum or "slapped cheek" disease. Red cheeks, as if slapped, is one of first symptoms; some ma ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Levine
33 years experience in Pediatrics
Rash: Fifth disease (or erythema infectiosum) is a viral infection caused by parvovirus b19. It usually presents with fever, followed by rash which initiall ... Read More
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Dr. Scott Katz
25 years experience in Pediatrics
No: The diagnosis of fifth's disease is made from the classic appearance of the rash, which usually causes very red cheeks with a more "lacy" appearing ra ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shalabh Bansal
12 years experience in Pediatrics
Fifth Disease: This is a viral illness caused by parvovirus b19. It causes a flulike illness which resolves in 7-10 days. It is also known as "slapped cheek" disease ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience in Internal Medicine
Usually a one timer : As above.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amanda Xi
Dr. Amanda Xi answered
5 years experience in General Practice
Perhaps: Parvovirus b19 (also known as "fifth disease") can at times lead to a serious condition called hydrops fetalis, which is fluid build up in body areas ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
39 years experience in Dermatology
Yes: Another name for fifth disease is erythema infectiosum, which is kind of a mouthful. Several conditions that cause rashes, mainly viral, make up the l ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
patience: If left alone this will fade relatively quickly.It usually fades in less than 24-48 hours.The reticulated body rash that usually comes up later can la ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience in Pediatrics
None: Fifth disease in normal children does not require any treatment.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Let it pass: Fifth disease is a benign viral illness that is usually experienced in childhood. It is first evident with a rosy cheek appearance with mild fever, fo ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience in Pediatrics
Not to worry: Since fifth disease is caused by a virus and is generally a mild, self-limiting disease (that means you really don't need to do anything about it!), n ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Little risk: Fifth disease is usually caused by parvo b19. A majority of adults are immune from subclinical infection. This is troublesome to people who have diffi ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience in Pediatrics
No: Fifth disease is a trivial annoyance to children. However, if adults including pregnant mother develop primary disease (never had same one before), f ... Read More

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