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Can You Be A Carrier Of Fifths Disease
I would say so: The majority of kids will have this before school age and have blood evidence of prior infections by the time they are teens. I see a case every month in the office and others are labeled during a phone call to the office. Rarely(once every few years) I see kids pass it to their parents who must have missed it as a kid. ...Read more
A viral illness caused by parvovirus, also known as Erthema Infectiosum. It starts with a "slapped cheek" rash on cheeks and a flat red spotted rash, mostly on the arms and upper legs. Once the rash appears, you are no longer contagious. It can be harmful to an unborn baby, if mom has never had it. Adults can get joint swelling and pain. You only get it ...Read more
Maybe: 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, followed by fading of the extra color in the cheeks. At this point a salmon colored rash appears on the extremities and trunk. As soon as the general rash appears, it is no longer considered contagious. The rash can come and go for weeks. Rx is supportive. ...Read more
Rash = 1-3 weeks: The early symptoms of fifth disease caused by parvovirus b19 (fever, sore throat, upset stomach, headache, fatigue) go away in about 3-5 days, but the rash associated with it (first facial rash then on body) can wax and wane in some children for up to 3 weeks. Adults who get this usually don't have a rash, but can have quite painful joints (this can also last up to 3 weeks). ...Read more
My 5 month old has a mild case of fifths disease. Is there anything I can do for her? Do I need to be worried?
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 center or church nursery in waves, followed by months when no cases come in. A few years back we had a wave that affected toddlers, teens and a few adults, which was a bit unusual ...Read more
Clinical label: No one ever tests for fifth disease outside of a research hospital or in cases where an OB wants to confirm infection in a pregnant lady. A blood test at diagnosis & 2 weeks later is not realistic for a self healing minor illness. In the years before fancy lab tests many conditions were labeled clinically, like smallpox, chickenpox, etc. The name fifth came from its ranking as the 5th rash illness ...Read more
Slapped-cheek rash: Fifth disease is caused by parvovirus b19. The illness begins with a prodrome of fever, runny nose, headache, nausea, and diarrhea. 2-5 days later, the classic red rash on the face ("slapped cheek rash") appears. This rash on the face is usually followed by a lacelike rash on the trunk and extremities. ...Read more
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 sneezing and coughing.
The best prevention is good handwashing and teach children to cover their coughs with their upper arm. It is most contagious before the patient has any symptoms at all and is not really contagious after the face rash shows up. ...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 more
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
No: The one virus that causes this pattern illness confers permanent immunity. Occasionally, someone will be labeled as 5th disease when it is really something else. We rarely ever get blood work that would confirm the diagnosis. Since some other viral exanthem may share some similar features, miss-labeling does occur. ...Read more
No: Kids get a rash, mild fever, and/or mild cold symptoms. Adults get a rash, some joint aches, and/or joint swelling. Infected persons, with or without symptoms, mostly recover without complications and have immunity from re-infection. Complications can occur in persons with chronic anemia or immunosuppression. Occasionally, a woman infected in her first trimester may miscarry or have fetal anemia. ...Read more
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 may have fever; lacy rash develops on arms & legs; some may have joint pains. Children usually don't act "sick". Use tylenol/ children's Motrin (ibuprofen) for fever/aches. Otherwise, no tx required. Infxn resolves on its own. Don't expose pregnant d/t fetal risk. ...Read more
Fifth Disease is a: Viral illness caused by parvovirus. The medical term for it is Erthema Infectiosum. It presents with a "slapped cheek" rash on cheeks and a flat red spotted rash, mostly on the arms and upper legs. Once the rash appears, you are no longer contagious. It can be harmful to an unborn baby, if mom has never had it. Adults can get joint swelling and pain. You only get it once in your life. ...Read more
Can you tell me if I have already had fifths disease once, will the rash appear if I catch it again?
Unlikely : If you had fifth disease in the past you are considered immune. There are some look-alike viruses that can be mistaken for this process, which likely accounts for the overdiagnosis. Most practitioners do not verify the diagnosis with available blood tests. It is such a benign process, most consider it unworthy of the extra effort. ...Read more
Back in june of this year I was diagnosed with mononulecosis and fifth disease. It is 5 months later and I am still testing positive for fifth's. Why?
Expected: The usual test for 5th disease is checking for antibodies against parvovirus. Once you have them, you always have them — it means that you are immune. If your lab measures actual levels of antibodies and both igg or igm antibodies, there are changes over time that differentiate recent infection from past infection. Your doctor can explain this to you. ...Read more
Several: The illness begins as a nonspecific fever followed by a day of the slapped cheek appearance. The disease usually moves to the lacy rose colored rash on the body within a day. The body rash can come & go, sometimes making a return appearance after fading some for a couple of weeks. ...Read more