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How long does cough associated with fifth disease last?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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My child has has symptoms of fifth disease more than once, is this a sign of another under lining issue?

My child has has symptoms of fifth disease more than once, is this a sign of another under lining issue?

Probably not.: Many viruses can cause symptoms very similar to fifth disease (fever, red cheeks, reticulated rash), so getting that constellation of symptoms more than once is not normally a significant issue. If it happens over and over, though, there might be something more significant going on, and you should see your doctor or a dermatologist for a thorough exam. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of fifth disease in kids?

What are some of the symptoms of fifth disease in kids?

Fifth disease …: …is a viral illness (parvovirus b19) aka erythema infectiosum or "slapped cheek" disease. Red cheeks, as if slapped, is one of first symptoms; some may have fever; lacy rash develops on arms & legs; some may have joint pains. Children usually don't act "sick". Use tylenol/ children's Motrin (ibuprofen) for fever/aches. Otherwise, no tx required. Infxn resolves on its own. Don't expose pregnant d/t fetal risk. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having fifth disease for adults?

Usually no rash...: But fever and small joint pains, especially of the hands can occur. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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Can adults get fifth disease without face rash? Last week had cold symptoms now for a week I've had red blotchy rash on arms and legs, worse in heat

Parvovirus B-19: Yes, you can have fifth disease without developing a facial eruption. That does not mean that you have this, but that this presentation is possible. ...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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Is fifth disease ever fatal to anyone?

Yes: Infected fetus from maternal infection during pregnancy can result in death. The risk of fetal death is between 2% and 6%. ...Read more

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Can fifth disease be harmful to my toddler?

Not generally: Once the rash of fifth disease is present, children are no longer contagious. The rash may return over the following weeks-months with exercise or sunlight but is not worrisome. Some children may get joint pains that usually resolve in 2-4 weeks without long term complications. Other than not feeling well, it is generally not a harmful disease. ...Read more

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How long is my child contagious with fifth disease?

How long is my child contagious with fifth disease?

Only before rash app: Fifth disease in no longer contagious as soon as the rash is present & the diagnosis is made possible. ...Read more

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With fifth disease could one still swim in chlorine?

Yes and no: If you bean a regular pool, it would be fine. If you are doing some ritual in highly chlorinated water I would avoid it for everybody. The fumes would send you all to the hospital. ...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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What do schools do to contain the spread of fifth disease?

Unlikely to matter: Fifth disease is most contagious in the early phase often prior to recognized fever & before any rash appears. By the time a rash appears & the diagnosis is suspected or made, the kid is no longer shedding the virus in their spit & exclusion from school is un-necessary. ...Read more

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Are there ways that I can prevent my child from contracting fifth disease?

None: Even avoidance does not work, because the infection is contagious basically before they break out in the typical rash. Thus it is too late. ...Read more

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My child is immune-compromised, can there be complications with fifth disease?

Maybe: Fifth disease, caused by parvovirus b19, is usually mild and self-resolving. Some people get infected, have no symptoms, and become immune against re-infection. Complications can occur in immunocompromised persons and persons with chronic anemia, as well as occasionally in pregnant women. Such higher-risk persons should contact their doctors if exposed to someone with fifth disease. ...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 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

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Under what conditions is fifth disease not contagious?

Under what conditions is fifth disease not contagious?

when rash appears: Fifth disease in no longer contagious as soon as the rash is present & the diagnosis is made possible. ...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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Doctor said that my baby might have fifth disease. So what is fifth disease?

Doctor said that my baby might have fifth disease. So what is fifth disease?

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

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What is fifth disease?

Parvovirus B19: Also called "Slapped Cheek Syndrome, ” this virus is known for its lacy red rash. The cheeks look very red, as though slapped. In kids, a non-specific fever and cold symptoms will be followed by the rash. The rash can come and go over weeks. ...Read more

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What are the signs of fifth disease?

What are the signs of fifth disease?

Parvo: Parvovirus b19 or fifth disease can show up as blotchy red cheeks or else as red hands and feet. There is usually some mild fever, sore throat or malaise. Adults often have some joint pains. ...Read more

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What are the tests for fifth disease?

What are the tests for fifth disease?

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 more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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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


Dr. Bernard Seif
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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