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Fifth Disease Lacy Erythematous Rash
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
Are the red parts of the fifth disease rash raised and hot? Can they sometimes appear as streaks in adults?
Red, not raised: It is a bright red rash that usually begins on the face. Several days later red blotches (usually lighter in color) develop, extending down to the trunk, arms, and legs. As the centers of the blotches begin to clear, the rash takes on a lacy, "net-like" appearance. It is rare in adults, but when it does occur it usually looks much the same as in children. ...Read more
Can fifth disease in children cause bad diarrhea? What are some home remedies I can use for her rash? When will it be gone? Child is 2.
No diarrhea: I cannot recall ever seeing a case where diarrhea was involved.They can occur simultaneously for a number of reasons but it is not a listed symptom. I would ignore the rash.It comes up from the inside so outside creams or treatments don't help. The rash may flare with a warm bath or play outside and can persist for weeks.They are not contagious when the rash appears. ...Read more
2-3 weeks...: ...On average, in my experience.Get a more detailed answer ›
Cheeks; arms/thighs: Fifth's disease, a viral infection caused by a virus. The rash starts brightly on the cheeks, often described as a "slapped cheek appearance". In a few days, a lighter, lacy looking rash appears on the upper arms, legs, & upper chest. By then, the child is no longer contagious. Unless there are certain blood disorders, it causes minimal symptoms. Exposed pregnant women should inform their doctor. ...Read more