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Exposed To Fifth Disease (Overview)

Fifth disease is caused by human parvovirus B19. It often affects preschoolers or school-age children during the spring. The disease is spread by contact with respiratory secretions and usually return for 5 days. However, the rash associated with fifth disease may return for several weeks. Return of the rash may be brought on by sunlight, heat, exercise, fever, or emotional stress.


Exposed To Fifth Disease (Overview)

Fifth disease is caused by human parvovirus B19. It often affects preschoolers or school-age children during the spring. The disease is spread by contact with respiratory secretions and usually return for 5 days. However, the rash associated with fifth disease may return for several weeks. Return of the rash may be brought on by sunlight, heat, exercise, fever, or emotional stress.


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What to do if I'm 7 1/2 week pregnant and was exposed to fifth disease?

What to do if I'm 7 1/2 week pregnant and was exposed to fifth disease?

Usually not a proble: Most pregnant women have normal babies if they contract Fifth's disease during pregnancy. Sometimes, especially in the 1st trimester, it can result in a miscarriage. Chances are you are immune to the virus anyway. You need to call your OB for advice on what you should do. Here is some information for you: http://www.cdc.gov/parvovirusb19/pregnancy.html ...Read more

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I am 38 weeks pregnant and may have been exposed to 2 children with fifths disease since 35 weeks pregnant. Is this dangerous to my unborn baby?

I am 38 weeks pregnant and may have been exposed to 2 children with fifths disease since  35 weeks pregnant. Is this dangerous to my unborn baby?

Depends if you had : 50% pregnant women had 5th disease (parvovirus b19) so their babies are protected. Women who have not had it, most of the time, the disease does not do any damage to unborn babies. However 5% of the time, babies can get severe anemia from mom's infection, especially in first 1/2 of pregnancy. Please let your OB know right away you were exposed, get blood test. You may have had b19 already. ...Read more

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What is fifth disease?

What is fifth disease?

Parvovirus B19: Also called "Slapped Cheek Syndrome,” this virus is known for its lacy red rash. The cheeks look very red, as though slapped. In kids, a non-specific fever and cold symptoms will be followed by the rash. The rash can come and go over weeks. ...Read more

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How common is fifth disease?

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

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What are the signs of fifth disease?

What are the signs of fifth disease?

Parvo: Parvovirus b19 or fifth disease can show up as blotchy red cheeks or else as red hands and feet. There is usually some mild fever, sore throat or malaise. Adults often have some joint pains. ...Read more

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What are the tests for fifth disease?

What are the tests for fifth disease?

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

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Can fifth disease just be on the lface?

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

Dr. Katharine Cox
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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


Dr. William Singer
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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