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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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