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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. James Krick
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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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What symptoms of erythema multiforme are the most important?

What symptoms of erythema multiforme are the most important?

Redness and swelling: Watch out for progressive and severe redness and swelling that may produce blistering which may lead on to secondary bacterial infections. ...Read more

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Is it normal to not have symptoms of erythema nodosum but still have it?

Is it normal to not have symptoms of erythema nodosum but still have it?

ERYTHEMA NODOSUM: SYMPTOMS OF THIS DISORDER ARE PAIN AND TENDERNESS. WHO MADE THE DIAGNOSIS? WAS A BIOPSY TAKEN? IF YOU HAVENT SEEN A DERMATOLOGIST YET, PLEASE SEE ONE! ...Read more

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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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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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I have erythema nodosum 4 weeks and healing but now have thrush have no other symptoms, my dr wants me to have bloods. Just worrying?

I have erythema nodosum 4 weeks and healing but now have thrush have no other symptoms, my dr wants me to have bloods. Just worrying?

Get the tests: Erythema nodosum can be with some viral diseases, but it can also occur with several forms of collagen vascular disorders including lupus, dermatomyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. There are blood tests for these disorders. It is wise to get them done. ...Read more

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I have erythema nodosum only on my right, & i was treated, went away, &now both of my ankles are swollen w/ no symptoms.What else can I do?Blood clots?

I have erythema nodosum only on my right, & i was treated, went away, &now both of my ankles are swollen w/ no symptoms.What else can I do?Blood clots?

See a doctor: There can be many causes for ankle edema, and your doctor can help sort this out. Excess salt intake, high blood pressure, heart issues, diabetes, vein problems, thyroid issues can sometimes cause this, and only a doctor can rule these out. ...Read more

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I have most of the symptoms of sarcoidosis such as fatigue, erythema nodosum, shortness of breath, but the test I took for sarcoidosis came back negative. Why the erythema and other symptoms?

I have most of the symptoms of sarcoidosis such as fatigue, erythema nodosum, shortness of breath, but the test I took  for sarcoidosis came back negative.   Why the erythema and other symptoms?

Many causes!: Erythema nodosum may occur as an isolated condition or in association with other conditions.Conditions that are associated with erythema nodosum include medications (sulfa-related drugs, birth control pills, and estrogens), strep throat cat scratch disease, fungal diseases, infectious mononucleosis, sarcoidosis, behcet's disease, inflammatory bowel diseases (crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis). ...Read more

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I have high IgE levels and my dr told me i had erythema of my stomach (after i had endoscopy). No symptoms at all and no h pylori. What could it be?

I have high IgE levels and my dr told me i had erythema of my stomach (after i had endoscopy). No symptoms at all and no h pylori. What could it be?

No clear connection: You don't tell us why you had your ige measured and why you had an endoscopy. Without more data there does not seem to be any real connection between the 2 findings. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having fifth disease for adults?

What are the symptoms of having fifth disease for adults?

Usually no rash...: But fever and small joint pains, especially of the hands can occur. ...Read more

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Does everyone shows symptoms of fifth disease, if they are infected with the b19 human parvovirus?

Does everyone shows symptoms of fifth disease, if they are infected with the b19 human parvovirus?

Yes mild form: Erythema infectiosum , caused by human paravirus 19 ( animal paravirus 19 will not infect humans ), erythematious rash, on face looks like ' slapped cheek' face , mostly self limiting contagious disease. It is called fifth diseases , as it the 5th viral disease rash etc ( other 4 are measels, scarlet fever , rubella, chicken pox ). ...Read more

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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

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What are some of the symptoms of fifth disease in kids?

What are some of the symptoms of fifth disease in kids?

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

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How long do the symptoms of fifth disease last in adults?

Weeks: Fifth disease can cause sore joints for weeks in adults. This will usually go away without any serious problems; however, pregnant women and people with sickle cell disease can have severe consequences from fifth disease. ...Read more

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I think my 9-month-old has fifth disease. Rash and fever lasted only one day. Should I take her to the doctor if no symptoms are present?

I think my 9-month-old has fifth disease. Rash and fever lasted only one day. Should I take her to the doctor if no symptoms are present?

Whats Ur gut tell U: There are a variety of rash producing viruses that have little importance to the real scheme of things & most can be managed at home. If the kid is playful for most of his/her day, feeding & wetting diapers as usual, i see little need for an office visit. I truly believe mom's are pre-wired with a sense of their own child's needs & can tell if they need to come in. Do what you're comfortable with. ...Read more

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Can adults get fifth disease without face rash?Last week had cold symptoms now for a week i've had red blotchy rash on arms and legs, worse in heat

Parvovirus B-19: Yes, you can have fifth disease without developing a facial eruption. That does not mean that you have this, but that this presentation is possible. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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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


Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Skin Redness (Definition)

Skin redness is a common symptom of inflammation or ...Read more