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Can you be a carrier of slapped cheek?

Can you be a carrier of slapped cheek?

Yes but not for long: Fifth disease, with a "slapped cheek" rash, is caused by parvovirus b19. The infection is common in children, and some people who are infected do not show symptoms. They carry the virus and can pass it on to other people (the virus is spread similarly to the ways cold viruses are spread). Infected persons, with or without symptoms, recover and have immunity against re-infection. ...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


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How did slapped cheek disease originate ?

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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What is the incidence of slapped cheek disease?

What is the incidence of slapped cheek disease?

Hard to tell: Parvovirus b19 infection is common in children. The outbreaks occur at schools and other places where children are together. During their infections, only some people get symptoms, while others seem normal, not ill. Regardless of whether they have symptoms, they become immune after infections, so they don't get the disease as older teens or adults. About 50% of adults have been infected. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of slapped cheek disease?

What are the symptoms of slapped cheek disease?

Fever, aches, rash: Slapped cheek disease is also known as fifth disease, or erythema infectiosum. It is caused by parvovirus b19, a common virus of childhood. The main symptoms are fever, headaches, and body aches. About a week after these symptoms start, babies get the typical rash of this infection, giving a "slapped cheek" appearance to the face. The rash can also spread to the chest, arms and legs. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of slapped cheek disease?

Varies: "slapped cheek disease" is caused by an infection with parvovirus b19. Symptoms vary by age, but early signs and symptoms of infection in children may include sore throat, slight fever, upset stomach, headache, fatigue and itching along with the distinctive facial rash (that resembles a slapped cheek). The infection is usually resolves itself without medication. ...Read more

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How long do slapped cheek spots last?

It depends on how: Hard you were hit and the depth of tissue injury. ...Read more

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Do you get lumps with slapped cheek disease?

Do you get lumps with slapped cheek disease?

Perhaps: Might get accompanying swollen glands typically rash from slapped cheek disease is viral, flat, lacy, and blanchable. ...Read more

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What is the treatment of slapped cheek disease?

Fever control: Slapped cheek disease is also known as fifth disease. It is caused by parvovirus b19, a common virus that causes sore throat, fever, headache, and the characteristic "slapped cheek" rash. The rash usually appears towards the end of the illness and may spread to the chest and arms. The treatment is supportive care, with fever control and lots of fluids. The rash eventually goes away on its own. ...Read more

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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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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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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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Could slapped cheek disease cause vomiting in young children?

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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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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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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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?

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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