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What are the common symptoms of slapped cheek disease?

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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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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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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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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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 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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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?

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

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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 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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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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