A 36-year-old member asked:
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could sixth disease mean i have herpes?

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Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
34 years experience Pediatrics
Sixth disease: is an old fashioned term for roseola, a viral illness most commonly seen in those under the age of 2. It is caused by a herpes virus, but not the herpes virus I think you are thinking of. The chicken pox virus, the mono virus and the cold sore virus are in the family of herpes viruses.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Yes but...: The sixth disease is caused by human herpes virus type VI and often result in high fever with rash in young children.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016

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