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Doctor insights on: Fifth Disease Parvovirus

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Does fifth disease have more complications in adults that contract the b19 human parvovirus?

Does fifth disease have more complications in adults that contract the b19 human parvovirus?

Not really: People who get parvovirus b19 infection can have no symptoms or can get sick. Kids get a rash, mild fever, and/or mild cold symptoms. Adults get a rash, some joint aches, and/or joint swelling. Infected persons, with or without symptoms, recover and have immunity against re-infection. Complications can be seen in persons with chronic anemia or immunosuppression, and occasionally in pregnant women. ...Read more

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Dr. Corey Clay
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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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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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What causes slapped face syndrome / pavovirus b19 / fifth disease in adults?

The same as kids: In adults who never had the disease as a kid, the same virus can trigger the same pattern of rash. We had many reported in my local about 4 years ago. ...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

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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 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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Is fifth disease ever fatal to anyone?

Yes: Infected fetus from maternal infection during pregnancy can result in death. The risk of fetal death is between 2% and 6%. ...Read more

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Can fifth disease be harmful to my toddler?

Not generally: Once the rash of fifth disease is present, children are no longer contagious. The rash may return over the following weeks-months with exercise or sunlight but is not worrisome. Some children may get joint pains that usually resolve in 2-4 weeks without long term complications. Other than not feeling well, it is generally not a harmful disease. ...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. James Krick
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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