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Fifth Disease Vomiting
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible: Fifth disease is a common childhood ailment that is generally experienced by school age in most. It is usually quite mild & passes without problems. If a girl was not infected as a child & experiences it while pregnant, the virus can result in miscarriage or fetal death.The defining event appears to be a variable effect on babies ability to form blood cells. If it slows it, death can result. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: There is no vaccine for the parvovirus b19 that infects humans. There are parvovirus vaccines for canines (dogs) and felines (cats), but those animal's parvoviruses don't cause infections in humans. Also, parvovirus b19 doesn't cause infections in dogs or cats. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
1-3 weeks: The symptoms of fifth disease usually resolve in 1-3 weeks. If you suspect you may have been exposed to 5th disease, caused by parvovirus b19, see your ob/gyn right away to get tested. Although most pregnant woman and their fetuses will be fine, some fetuses can develop severe anemia. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fifth disease: Fifth disease is caused by a virus, parvo virus b14, the rash starts from the face giving appearance of slapped face and then spreads to other parts.It may start with cold like symptoms before rash appears.The rash spares palms and hands, and soles of the feet.The rash completely clears without any treatment in 1 to 3 weeks. ...Read more
Unlikely to happen: Fifth disease is caused by a virus that will confer lifetime immunity with the first infection. You don't get it a second time like you might with a bacteria like strep throat. Most women have this in childhood but those who get it for the first time during pregnancy may have major problems. ...Read more
No: The diagnosis of fifth's disease is made from the classic appearance of the rash, which usually causes very red cheeks with a more "lacy" appearing rash on the arms and thighs. Once your child has the rash, they are no longer contagious. However, fifth's can be a problem for pregnant women in the first trimester, and if your child was around anyone who is or might be pregnant, please notify them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am pretty sure my 5 year old has fifth disease. Is there anything I should do? I also have a 8 mo old will she be ok if she gets it?
Not to worry: Since fifth disease is caused by a virus and is generally a mild, self-limiting disease (that means you really don't need to do anything about it!), no need worry. That goes for your 8 month old as well. Only problem that is serious is if a pregnant woman who has never had it gets a primary infection. That can pass to unborn baby and cause problems with the blood cells. If pregnant, let doc know. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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