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Is fifth disease ever fatal to anyone?

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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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Fifth Disease (Definition)

Fifth disease is a condition in which a person (usually a child) has a rash due to "parvovirus B19" infection. The mild rash may resemble a "slapped-cheek" with reddened cheeks. Joint pain, fever, and general flu-like symptoms may also occur. This infection goes away without treatment in healthy children and adults, but pregnant ...Read more


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Is fifth disease fatal for fetuses?

Is fifth disease fatal for fetuses?

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 more

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Is it possible to get fifth disease twice?

Unlikely: The immunity gained by the initial infection is considered lifelong. It would be more likely that a similar viral skin rash was mistaken as fifth's ...Read more

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Can you have fifth disease for the second time?

Can you have fifth disease for the second time?

No: The one virus that causes this pattern illness confers permanent immunity.Occasionally, someone will be labeled as 5th disease when it is really something else. We rarely ever get blood work that would confirm the diagnosis.Since some other viral exanthem may share some similar features, miss-labeling does occur. ...Read more

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Are there many complications with fifth disease?

Are there many complications with fifth disease?

No: 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, mostly recover without complications and have immunity from re-infection. Complications can occur in persons with chronic anemia or immunosuppression. Occasionally, a woman infected in her first trimester may miscarry or have fetal anemia. ...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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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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Dr. Austina Cho
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Slapped Cheek Rash (Definition)

The so called "slapped cheek" rash is a bright red rash on the face that is prominent on the cheeks. It is characteristic of Fifth disease, a viral infection common in children and ...Read more