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Does slapped cheek rash appear like measles rash?

Does slapped cheek rash appear like measles rash?

No : Measles tends to appear as small spots whereas the rash of erythema infectiosum characteristically appears as a solid redness on the cheek (slapped cheek) with lacy like red spots or blotches on the extremities. ...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


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How long does slapped cheek rash associated with fifth disease last?

How long does slapped cheek rash associated with fifth disease last?

Fades quickly: This rash can actually never appear or do so briefly & fade.It usually lasts a day and begins to fade the next day as the body rash starts to appear. ...Read more

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How to treat fifth disease rash on one cheek?

How to treat fifth disease rash on one cheek?

patience: If left alone this will fade relatively quickly.It usually fades in less than 24-48 hours.The reticulated body rash that usually comes up later can last for weeks but also fades on its own. ...Read more

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How long can the rash of slapped cheek disease last?

How long can the rash of slapped cheek disease last?

Slapped cheek: Slapped cheek is the first stage of 5th disease, which is a common viral infection of childhood and lasts 2-5 days, then a lacelike rash begins on the arms. The rash can recur because of heat or exercise over weeks/months after the initial rash fades. The infection is self limited and no treatment is necessary, but if your child seems sick, always best to see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Reddish rash on one cheek. Could this be fifths disease or you need rash on both cheeks?

Reddish rash on one cheek. Could this be fifths disease or you need rash on both cheeks?

Maybe: Fifth disease (not "fifths") is usually on both cheeks, and is usually accompanied by a fever -- but atypical presentations do happen. A rash on one cheek could be an allergic contact reaction, or a direct irritation of the skin, or other things. If it persists, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How did slapped cheek disease originate ?

Viral Illness: This is caused by a virus which spreads primarily thru respiratory droplets., . ...Read more

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Does the skin rash associated with fifth disease pain?

Does the skin rash associated with fifth disease pain?

Sometimes itches: Most of my kids have no mention of pain with this illness but occasionally state that the lacy rash they get over their arms/legs/trunk is a bit itchy. ...Read more

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Pink cheeks. Could this be fifths disease?

Pink cheeks. Could this be fifths disease?

Maybe: Fifth disease is a benign viral illness that is usually experienced in childhood. It is first evident with a rosy cheek appearance with mild fever, followed by fading of the extra color in the cheeks.At this point a salmon colored rash appears on the extremities and trunk. As soon as the general rash appears, it is no longer considered contagious.The rash can come and go for weeks. Rx is supportive. ...Read more

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How long does lacy erythematous rash associated with fifth disease last?

Weeks: Although it sometimes fades earlier, I have seen this rash last several weeks. It can often flare after a bath & is sometimes reported as itchy. ...Read more

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Child has fifths disease. After rash on cheeks, went away and rash on lower body. Suddenly onset of fever. Something different or normal?

Child has fifths disease. After rash on cheeks, went away and rash on lower body. Suddenly onset of fever. Something different or normal?

Normal: The fever, while usually with the rash in Fifth's disease, can occur at any point in the illness. SO your child's development of the fever now is certainly within the normal course of the illness. Have them stay away from pregnant people if at all possible until completely back to normal health. ...Read more

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Is fifth disease pityriasis rosea?

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No: Totally different, unrelated conditions.

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Could slapped cheek disease cause vomiting in young children?

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Unlikely: The fifth disease, aka slapped cheek disease, typical causes flushing of face and nonpruritic (without itching) lace patterned rash on the extremities. ...Read more

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Painful, itchy rash on palms of hands & soles of feet, followed shortly by acute infection of 1 eye (treated) but rash persists. Herpes Zoster?

Not Zoster: Pustulosis palmaris et plantaris. Dyshidrotic eczema. Pompholix. Psoriasis. Id reaction. See a dermatologist for diagnosis and therapy. ...Read more

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Will slapped cheek disease cause vomiting in young children?

Will slapped cheek disease cause vomiting in young children?

Generally No: This condition usually has no symptoms in children other than a rash. Fever, vomiting etc are very rare. ...Read more

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Patches of red rash on a 6m baby's cheeks ?

Patches of red rash on a 6m baby's cheeks ?

Atopic dermatitis: If it is dry, scaly-sounds like atopic dermatitis-eczema. Treatment is to soak and seal (cool water and sealing the hydrated skin with aquaphor healing ointment). 1 % Hydrocortisone cream added on top of moisturised skin-2-3 times daily. ...Read more

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Toddler has red rash on cheeks in winter. What is cause?

Toddler has red rash on cheeks in winter. What is cause?

Cold: Probably cold intolerance if reed cheeks are red only in the winter, . Could be very mild eczema as well. ...Read more

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My baby has fever blister on tongue n redness of gums n 2 pimple lik rash on face with v poor appetite?

My baby has fever blister on tongue n redness of gums n 2 pimple lik rash on face with v poor appetite?

Maybe herpetic virus: If you or someone close to the baby has herpes -- cold sores, etc. Then it is possible that your baby has gotten them. What you described is consistent with a primary (1st time) herpetic infection. Get to the pediatrician asap for diagnosis and any treatment. ...Read more

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How long does slapped cheek rash associated with fifth disease last?

Fades quickly: This rash can actually never appear or do so briefly & fade.It usually lasts a day and begins to fade the next day as the body rash starts to appear. ...Read more

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What is slapped cheek rash and how do I avoid it?

What is slapped cheek rash and how do I avoid it?

Fifth's Disease: Slapped cheek disease is a common virus. Its latin name is erythema infectiosum. It is caused by parvovirus b19. It is a benign childhood illness and is only a concern to pregnant mothers in the first trimester.It starts with red cheeks like one has been slapped and then spreads downward on the arms, trunk, legs. It looks lacy on the rest of the body. It improves in a few days. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Slapped cheek rash?

Slapped cheek rash: 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 B19. More information: https://www.cdc.gov/parvovirusb19/fifth-disease.html ...Read more

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Does slapped cheek rash appear like measles rash?

No : Measles tends to appear as small spots whereas the rash of erythema infectiosum characteristically appears as a solid redness on the cheek (slapped cheek) with lacy like red spots or blotches on the extremities. ...Read more

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My 2 year old daughter woke up w/ a small fever & what looks like slapped cheek rash on her cheeks. What else could it be? Should I take her to doc?

You spooked ??: Sounds like the kid may have fifth's disease.This is a minor viral process that self heals. The cheek redness usually fades in a day and a lacy salmon colored rash may then appear on the body. If this spooks you, the kid won't take fluids or play, it may be worth a visit.If the kid is acting fine, it is okay to let it alone. ...Read more

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My 12 yr old son has slapped cheek rash but just on his arms.He is itching madly all over , antihistamine doesn't seem to help .What can I do to help?

My 12 yr old son has slapped cheek rash but just on his arms.He is itching madly all over , antihistamine doesn't seem to help .What can I do to help?

Fifth's Disease: Your description is of "fifth's disease." this is an exanthem (rash) caused by parvovirus b19. The facial rash (slapped cheeks) & truncal rash (lacy) last about a week. Nothing other than cool compresses or oatmeal baths help the skin, since the rash is inside the skin from an infection. Systemic antihistamines may help, but topical creams play no role in helping this condition. ...Read more

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Slapped cheek rash with a hand foot and mouth diagnosis. What can I do?

This may not be: related. Or, the red cheeks could be from fever accompanying the hand, foot and mouth disease. "Slapped cheeks" are more typical with an illness called 5th Disease, caused by a different virus. In either of these cases, there is no need to treat; it will go away on its own. If it persists or worsens, please see your doctor (or have your child see his/her doctor, if you're asking about him/her). ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is fifth disease (slapped cheek syndrome)?

Slapped cheek: Erythema infectiosum is caused by parvovirus b19. Spread by respiratory droplets. Onset sudden bright erythema of cheeks (slapped cheeks). Followed by lacy rash on trunk and arms and legs. Complications rare, but can cause aplastic crisis in patients w hemolytic anemia. Few other symptoms in kids. Adults get headaches, body aches, and joint aches. ...Read more

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How to treat fifth disease rash on one cheek?

patience: If left alone this will fade relatively quickly.It usually fades in less than 24-48 hours.The reticulated body rash that usually comes up later can last for weeks but also fades on its own. ...Read more

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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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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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How long can the rash from fifth disease come and go?

How long can the rash from fifth disease come and go?

Weeks: The slapped cheek appearance of 5ths 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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Where does the rash appear when you have fifth disease?

Where does the rash appear when you have fifth disease?

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

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How long does lacy erythematous rash associated with fifth disease last?

Weeks: Although it sometimes fades earlier, I have seen this rash last several weeks. It can often flare after a bath & is sometimes reported as itchy. ...Read more

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My son has had bright red facial flushing and two days ago I felt a bumpy rash on his torso. Should I be concerned about Fifth disease?

My son has had bright red facial flushing and two days ago I felt a bumpy rash on his torso. Should I be concerned about Fifth disease?

Full history/exam: A full history and exam is indicated. Studies show that several conditions can cause these symptoms. Knowing your son's medical history, immunization status, whether he was full term or premature/ICU stay, a set of vital signs, and physical examination to rule out strep throat and scarlet fever/rheumatic fever, erysipelas, slapped cheek/parvovirus B19, other Ddx relies on full physical exam. SeeMD ...Read more

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Does the skin rash associated with fifth disease pain?

Sometimes itches: Most of my kids have no mention of pain with this illness but occasionally state that the lacy rash they get over their arms/legs/trunk is a bit itchy. ...Read more

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My 3 year old has a rash on his face that comes and goes. Can Fifth Disease come and go?

My 3 year old has a rash on his face that comes and goes. Can Fifth Disease come and go?

Yes and no: The rash of 5th disease can remain within the skin for weeks and seem to come out and fade repeatedly.This often happens with a warm bath or when the kid gets hot. There are other things that can cause a similar recurring problem.You provide no description of the rash. ...Read more

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Are the red parts of the fifth disease rash raised and hot? Can they sometimes appear as streaks in adults?

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

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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.

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

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. Ana Adelstein
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Fifth Disease (Definition)

A viral illness that starts with a "slapped cheek" rash on cheeks and a flat red spotted rash, mostly on the arms and upper legs, that can cause joint swelling and pain. It can be harmful ...Read more