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What is slapped cheek rash and how do i avoid it?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
5th's Disease: Slapped cheek rash means (to a pediatrician) a viral infection known as erythema infectiosum or 5th's disease. A person who has the rash is generally considered no longer contagious. It is not serious unless you have a condition such as sickle cell disease, or are pregnant and in your first trimester. If you have such a condition and have been exposed, or are seriously ill, notify your physician.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Fifth's Disease: Slapped cheek disease is a common virus. Its latin name is erythema infectiosum. It is caused by parvovirus b19. It is a benign childhood illness and is only a concern to pregnant mothers in the first trimester.It starts with red cheeks like one has been slapped and then spreads downward on the arms, trunk, legs. It looks lacy on the rest of the body. It improves in a few days.

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What is the definition or description of: Slapped cheek rash?

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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Slapped cheek rash: Slapped cheek rash is characteristic of erythema infectiosum or fifth disease. Patients with fifth disease also have a lacy red rash on the rest of their body. The organism causing this is parvovirus B19. More information: https://www.cdc.gov/parvovirusb19/fifth-disease.html

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