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Can fifth disease be harmful to my toddler?

Can fifth disease be harmful to my toddler?

Not generally: Once the rash of fifth disease is present, children are no longer contagious. The rash may return over the following weeks-months with exercise or sunlight but is not worrisome. Some children may get joint pains that usually resolve in 2-4 weeks without long term complications. Other than not feeling well, it is generally not a harmful disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Fifth Disease (Definition)

Fifth disease is a condition in which a person (usually a child) has a rash due to "parvovirus B19" infection. The mild rash may resemble a "slapped-cheek" with reddened cheeks. Joint pain, fever, and general flu-like symptoms may also occur. This infection goes away without treatment in healthy children and adults, but pregnant ...Read more


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How long is my child contagious with fifth disease?

How long is my child contagious with fifth disease?

Only before rash app: Fifth disease in no longer contagious as soon as the rash is present & the diagnosis is made possible. ...Read more

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Are there ways that I can prevent my child from contracting fifth disease?

None: Even avoidance does not work , because the infection is contagious basically before they break out in the typical rash. Thus it is too late. ...Read more

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My child is immune-compromised, can there be complications with fifth disease?

Maybe: Fifth disease, caused by parvovirus b19, is usually mild and self-resolving. Some people get infected, have no symptoms, and become immune against re-infection. Complications can occur in immunocompromised persons and persons with chronic anemia, as well as occasionally in pregnant women. Such higher-risk persons should contact their doctors if exposed to someone with fifth disease. ...Read more

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My child has has symptoms of fifth disease more than once, is this a sign of another under lining issue?

Probably not.: Many viruses can cause symptoms very similar to fifth disease (fever, red cheeks, reticulated rash), so getting that constellation of symptoms more than once is not normally a significant issue. If it happens over and over, though, there might be something more significant going on, and you should see your doctor or a dermatologist for a thorough exam. ...Read more

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How many times can a child get fifth disease?

How many times can a child get fifth disease?

Once: However, it is a pattern illness, meaning we look at the pattern of symptoms and the pattern of the rash, to come up with the diagnosis.Few, outside of a research facility would have blood tests to verify the illness. Sometimes the label is applied when it is not the real deal. I can see where someone might think they had it more than once. ...Read more

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Can my child catch fifth disease from our pet?

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 viruses are different and are not transferred between animals and humans. ...Read more

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Can an adult pass fifth disease to their child?

Can an adult pass fifth disease to their child?

Yes: Fifths disease is caused from human parvo-b19 virus. It can be passed from parent to child, child to parent, child to child, or adult to adult. ...Read more

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My child has cancer, can there be complications with fifth disease?

Possibly: If your child is on an active treatment protocol that affects the immune system, then the development of any infection can be serious. Your child might get more sick from the disease than someone else who has a normal immune system and is not battling cancer. ...Read more

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If my child was diagnosed with fifth disease, do I need to keep her out of daycare or school?

If my child was diagnosed with fifth disease, do I need to keep her out of daycare or school?

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 rash on the arms and thighs. Once your child has the rash, they are no longer contagious. However, fifth's can be a problem for pregnant women in the first trimester, and if your child was around anyone who is or might be pregnant, please notify them. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Slapped Cheek Rash (Definition)

The so called "slapped cheek" rash is a bright red rash on the face that is prominent on the cheeks. It is characteristic of Fifth disease, a viral infection common in children and ...Read more