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What's erythema infectiosum?

What's erythema infectiosum?

5th Disease: Caused by parvovirus b19, it presents with high fever and rash appearing like slapped cheeks on young children. It spreads to trunk and extremities looking red and lacy, but resolves in about 2 weeks. Rash may come and go in response to heat over weeks w/o fever. Though very common, this virus can be harmful to a developing fetus. Pregnant women should avoid contact with those who have 5th diseas. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Is herpes simplex related to erythema multiforme?

Is herpes simplex related to erythema multiforme?

Yes, sometimes: Erythema multiforme minor is an allergic reaction that looks like a bad case of hives but the bumps don't go away for days. Em minor is not serious. It is usually due to medicine allergies, such as penicillins or sulfa drugs. It can also be due to a reaction to an infection such as herpes simplex. However, em major (stevens johnson rash) is serious and usually due to drug allergies, not infection. ...Read more

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Is erythema multiforme contagious?

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Is erythema multiforme contagious?

No.: No. Erthema multiforme is a type of hypersensitive reaction which occurs in response to infections, medications and other causes. It is not contagious. If precipitated by herpes or another infection the herpes is contagious but the erythema multiforme is not. ...Read more

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Is systemic lupus erythematous contagious?

Is  systemic lupus erythematous contagious?

No: It is an autoimmune disease in which your body produces antibodies against your own body cells leading to organ damages if left untreated. It is not contagious. ...Read more

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Can erythema nodosum be mistaken for folliculitis?

Can erythema nodosum be mistaken for folliculitis?

Not really: Erythema nodosum is a reddened, tender nodule 1-5 inches with no pus, fluctuance or drainage. Folliculitis is an infected hair follicle that may progress to a small pusutle or an abscess. ...Read more

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Very itchy rash w 1-2mm blister-like eruptions. Biopsy showed telangiectasia and lymphocytic infiltrates. Rash still recurring. Autoimmune? Ideas?

TMEP: It's time to see a dermatologist. Did the biopsy have mast cells as part of the infiltrate? Was a direct immunoflorescence done? Tmep is an acronym you can google and see pictures and description of the clinical course. There many potential treatments but the diagnosis is paramount before any can be started. ...Read more

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Is erythema multiforme a symptom of cancer?

Is erythema multiforme a symptom of cancer?

No: Erythema multiforme ranges from a few days of target skin lesions after taking a medicine to which you're allergic to a nasty rash after a chest cold to a lifelong nuisance skin-and-mucosal disease that flares at inconvenient times. If the latter, i hope you're able to find a good dermatologist with whom you can work over the years, and that you keep an eagle eye on what triggers flareups. ...Read more

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Is erythematosus lupus a viral infection treated by shingles antibiotic?

Is erythematosus lupus a viral infection treated by shingles antibiotic?

Not a virus yet: Systemic lupus erythematosis is an autoimmune disease where antibodies are directed at one`s own tissues including joints, skin, kidneys, lungs and even brain. While we now have excellent treatments for this once commonly fatal disease, we do not know the trigger or triggers that set off the immune system. Even though infectious agents are suspected, none have as yet been identified or treated. ...Read more

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Are canker sores an early symptom of pregnancy?

Are canker sores an early symptom of pregnancy?

Just one cause: Aphthous ulcers ("canker sores") are primarily immune in origin, happen in both males and females, and can be caused by stress, medications, genetics, trauma, and hormones. The hormone fluctuations in early pregnancy can result in ulcers, but are not a "sure sign." they can be alleviated with help from your dentist with medications and/or laser therapy. ...Read more

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Can erythema toxicum appear around 6-7 weeks of age?

Can erythema toxicum appear around 6-7 weeks of age?

Not usually: I have never see n iti n a 6 week old. It is primarily in the first 48 hours of life and resolves by a week of age. It could be viral...Have your child seen if it is concerning to you. ...Read more

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Fifths disease exposure during pregnancy, what to do?

Fifths disease exposure during pregnancy, what to do?

Parvo and pregnant: Fortunately, about half of pregnant exposed to Parvovirus B19 are already immune, and there are no ill consequences to mother or baby. Risk of miscarriage and fetal anemia occurs in less than 5%, usually in the first few months of gestation. There is no treatment, but your OB may want to increase monitoring, and they would likely want to be notified of your possible infection. ...Read more

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Is pityriasis rosea a HIV associated rash?

Pityriasis rosea: Exact cause of Pityriasis rosea (PR) is not known, possibly viruses such as HHV-7 or HHV-8 or even influenza H1N1. Some authorities actually recommend testing for HIV and Lyme disease since rash can be similar in appearance. However, pityriasis rosea is not an HIV defining rash ...Read more

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Is pityriasis rosea a HIV associated rash?

Is pityriasis rosea a HIV associated rash?

No: Pityriasis rosea is a common skin disease, not necessarily associated with HIV infection, both conditions can co-exist ...Read more

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Erythema nodosum occurs as a symptom of infections such as histoplasmosis?

Erythema nodosum occurs as a symptom of infections such as histoplasmosis?

Association: Erythema nodosum (en) is an inflammatory disorder that involves tender nodules under the skin. It is associated with many systemic conditions including infections with streptococcus, chllamydia, coccidiodomycosis, hepatitis b, tuberculosis, and histoplasmosis. Also, sensitivity to certain medications are linked to en, including antibiotics and birth control pills. ...Read more

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Is erythema multiforme a serious condition?

Is erythema multiforme a serious condition?

Can be.: Em is usually minor but can be fatal. The minor form is much more common and self limited. The major form involves mucous membranes, is much more extensive and includes systemic symptoms. ...Read more

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What are signs of fifth disease (slapped face disease)?

What are signs of  fifth disease (slapped face disease)?

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

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What causes a herpes outbreak at 39 weeks pregnant?

What causes a herpes outbreak at 39 weeks pregnant?

Herpes pregnancy: Pts with a history of genital herpes should undergo a careful perineal examination at the time of delivery.Vaginal delivery is indicated if no signs or symptoms of hsv are present.Active genital hsv in patients in labor or with ruptured membranes is an indication for c/s.Reactivation occurs in 50% of patients within 6 months of the initial outbreak.Whether pregnancy alters the rate is disputed. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Fifth Disease (Definition)

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


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Slapped Cheek Rash (Definition)

Slapped cheek rash is characteristic of erythema infectiosum or fifth disease. Patients with fifth disease also have a lacy red rash on the rest of their body. The organism causing this is parvovirus ...Read more