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Do you get slapped cheek syndrome twice?

Do you get slapped cheek syndrome twice?

Yes, it is possible: Slapped cheek disease is caused by the erythrovirus( previously called parvovirus b19). It is spread primarily by respiratory secretions, such as saliva and mucus, but can also be spread by contact with infected blood. Therefore, if you comes into contact with the virus more than once, and you had not developed immunity, you will get disease again. Most common in children 5-15 years old. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Foster
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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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Do you know how common slapped cheek syndrome is?

Do you know how common slapped cheek syndrome is?

Very common: 50% of kids 15 years old or younger have been exposed to slapped cheek syndrome. By the time you're an adult, 50-80% of us have been exposed. That's a lot. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is fifth disease (slapped cheek syndrome)?

Slapped cheek: Erythema infectiosum is caused by parvovirus b19. Spread by respiratory droplets. Onset sudden bright erythema of cheeks (slapped cheeks). Followed by lacy rash on trunk and arms and legs. Complications rare, but can cause aplastic crisis in patients w hemolytic anemia. Few other symptoms in kids. Adults get headaches, body aches, and joint aches. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How long does slapped cheek rash associated with fifth disease last?

Fades quickly: This rash can actually never appear or do so briefly & fade.It usually lasts a day and begins to fade the next day as the body rash starts to appear. ...Read more

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Does slapped cheek rash appear like measles rash?

No : Measles tends to appear as small spots whereas the rash of erythema infectiosum characteristically appears as a solid redness on the cheek (slapped cheek) with lacy like red spots or blotches on the extremities. ...Read more

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My 2 year old daughter woke up w/ a small fever & what looks like slapped cheek rash on her cheeks. What else could it be? Should I take her to doc?

My 2 year old daughter woke up w/ a small fever & what looks like slapped cheek rash on her cheeks. What else could it be? Should I take her to doc?

Ok to watch at home: If your daughter is active and eating breakfast and otherwise seems okay to you, usually you can watch her at home. Low grade fever is common in children, as is rash. If the fever lasts more than 72 hours, or she is acting ill, it's a good idea to have her see her pediatrician. Hope she feels better! ...Read more

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My 12 yr old son has slapped cheek rash but just on his arms.He is itching madly all over , antihistamine doesn't seem to help .What can I do to help?

My 12 yr old son has slapped cheek rash but just on his arms.He is itching madly all over , antihistamine doesn't seem to help .What can I do to help?

Fifth's Disease: Your description is of "fifth's disease." this is an exanthem (rash) caused by parvovirus b19. The facial rash (slapped cheeks) & truncal rash (lacy) last about a week. Nothing other than cool compresses or oatmeal baths help the skin, since the rash is inside the skin from an infection. Systemic antihistamines may help, but topical creams play no role in helping this condition. ...Read more

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Slapped cheek rash with a hand foot and mouth diagnosis. What can I do?

This may not be: related. Or, the red cheeks could be from fever accompanying the hand, foot and mouth disease. "Slapped cheeks" are more typical with an illness called 5th Disease, caused by a different virus. In either of these cases, there is no need to treat; it will go away on its own. If it persists or worsens, please see your doctor (or have your child see his/her doctor, if you're asking about him/her). ...Read more

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I'm 6 weeks pregnant, and my son has slapped cheek syndrome. What should I do?

I'm 6 weeks pregnant, and my son has slapped cheek syndrome. What should I do?

A blood test...: ...For antibodies to parvovirus b19 will show if you are susceptible in the first place. In any case, you should discuss this with your ob. In general, second trimester is the highest-risk time for parvo b19 infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Ahmet Baschat
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Parvovirus (Definition)

Parvovirus b 19 causes an illness associated with rash, sometimes with red cheeks we call" slapped cheek; fever, and joint symptoms. It does not require any antibiotics since it is a virus. It can be spread to ...Read more


Dr. Patricia Foster
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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