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

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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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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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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?

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?

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?

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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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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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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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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Do you get slapped cheek syndrome twice?

Do you get slapped cheek syndrome twice?

Yes, it is possible: Slapped cheek disease is caused by the erythrovirus( previously called parvovirus b19). It is spread primarily by respiratory secretions, such as saliva and mucus, but can also be spread by contact with infected blood. Therefore, if you comes into contact with the virus more than once, and you had not developed immunity, you will get disease again. Most common in children 5-15 years old. ...Read more

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Do you know how common slapped cheek syndrome is?

Do you know how common slapped cheek syndrome is?

Very common: 50% of kids 15 years old or younger have been exposed to slapped cheek syndrome. By the time you're an adult, 50-80% of us have been exposed. That's a lot. ...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 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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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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How does fifth disease et transmitted ?

Coughs and sneezing: Fifth disease is a viral infection and is mainly spread by droplets from the nose and mouth. These can be passed to others especially through sneezing and coughing. The best prevention is good handwashing and teach children to cover their coughs with their upper arm. It is most contagious before the patient has any symptoms at all and is not really contagious after the face rash shows up. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Fifth disease?

Fifth Disease is a: viral illness caused by parvovirus. The medical term for it is Erthema Infectiosum. It presents 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 once in your life. ...Read more

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What are the chances of me getting fifth disease if my kid has it?

What are the chances of me getting fifth disease if my kid has it?

Prevention: Try to avoid respiratory secretions with handwashing, covering coughs/sneezes. In all probability you were probably exposed as an infant & already have antibodies to the infection. See article—> http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001972/. ...Read more

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How to get rid of fifth disease?

Let it pass: 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

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. 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