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How long does fever associated with fifth disease last?

How long does fever associated with fifth disease last?

Few days: Fifth disease caused by parvovirus b19 starts with a low grade fever and runny nose that lasts a few days. After fever stops, then there is a rash usually on the face that looks like.

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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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I think my 9-month-old has fifth disease. Rash and fever lasted only one day. Should I take her to the doctor if no symptoms are present?

I think my 9-month-old has fifth disease. Rash and fever lasted only one day. Should I take her to the doctor if no symptoms are present?

What's Ur gut tell U: There are a variety of rash producing viruses that have little importance to the real scheme of things & most can be managed at home. If the kid is playful for most of his/her day, feeding & wetting diapers as usual, I see little need for an office visit. I truly believe mom's are pre-wired with a sense of their own child's needs & can tell if they need to come in. Do what you're comfortable with.

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How likely is a fever associated with fifth disease?

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How likely is a fever associated with fifth disease?

Yes: Parvovirus b19, the virus that causes fifth disease, can also cause fever and other flu-like symptoms in about 50% of cases. Normally though, by the time the facial rash that characterizes fifth disease arises, the fever and other flu-like symptoms have subsided.

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My 4 year old granddaughter is recovering from "fifth" disease. The rash and low grade fever have been gone for a few days. Strep throat was ruled out by 2 different doctors. Both say it's "fifth disease" however, she seems to be pale. She is eating, p

My 4 year old granddaughter is recovering from "fifth" disease. The rash and low grade fever have been gone for a few days. Strep throat was ruled out by 2 different doctors. Both say it's "fifth disease" however, she seems to be pale. She is eating, p

Fifths: Fifths disease is a common, relatively harmless viral infection - most often seen in kids and characterized by red cheeks followed by a lacy rash on the arms, legs and body. Some people will also have fever for a day or two. It typically resolves on its own without treatment. The only time we really worry about this virus is if it infects someone who is pregnant or someone with a chronic blood disease such as sickle cell anemia, thalessemia, or spherocytosis. The virus can stop the bone marrow from producing red blood cells for a short period of time. This does not usually affect a healthy person, but can affect someone who's red blood cells are not normal in the first place. I attached a website with more information about fifths disease. If she has a chronic blood disease, if her paleness continues, or if she is acting sick at all, give her doctor a call. Good luck!

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My 7 yr old son has fifth disease, is it safe for him to get a flu shot while he has this? Or should I wait until he is better

Avoid shot for now: I think it would be safe to let the infection run its course, since the body is busy using its immune system to make antibodies to protect you from another similar exposure. If give it at least a week after being sick to try to give a vaccine

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How long does rash associated with fifth disease last?

How long does rash associated with fifth disease last?

Timing: The rash of fifths disease lasts for a couple weeks on the face, and can last for 1-6 weeks on the trunk.

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How long does cough associated with fifth disease last?

Ten days`: Fifth's disease is a viral illness and can trigger a cough as any viral illness can. Usually the cough is one of the last symptoms to go away and can last for tendays or even longer. The key is that by ten days the cough is clearly getting better. If not then it would be worth seeing your physician.

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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.

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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.

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How long do the symptoms of fifth disease last in adults?

Weeks: Fifth disease can cause sore joints for weeks in adults. This will usually go away without any serious problems; however, pregnant women and people with sickle cell disease can have severe consequences from fifth disease.

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How long does fifth disease last in pregnant woman?

How long does fifth disease last in pregnant woman?

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.

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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.

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Can fever be ongoing with fifths disease?

To some extent....: Parvovirus (the cause of fifth disease) can cause fevers that last a bit longer than your average fever causing virus. The longest I have seen fever last is about 5 days. After that, I would want to start thinking about other causes of fever.

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Should cold symptoms still be present in fifths disease if the rash has already been around for a couple weeks? 7yr old (runny/stuffy nose, no fever)

Should cold symptoms still be present in fifths disease if the rash has already been around for a couple weeks? 7yr old (runny/stuffy nose, no fever)

Not that long: Although the rash from 5th Disease can last for weeks, the upper respiratory symptoms usually improve after 7 - 10 days. When cold like symptoms develop long after the rash has erupted, other causes should be considered.

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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 B19. More information: ...Read more


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