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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
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 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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