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Do your cheeks or legs get itchy when you have fifths disease?

Do your cheeks or legs get itchy when you have fifths disease?

No: Fifth disease causes face flushed, so called slapped cheek, and lace patterned rash generally not associated with itching. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...Read more


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Can u get fifths disease on palms of hands? I've read that is doesn't affect that area but mine spread down arms to my palms and it's itchy?

Can u get fifths disease on palms of hands? I've read that is doesn't affect that area but mine spread down arms to my palms and it's itchy?

Uncommon but...: Fifth disease often causes rash over trunk, spreading to arms, buttocks, and thighs. Infrequently though, red to purple colored rash affects hands and feet (papulopurpuricgloves-and-socks syndrome). ...Read more

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Does the skin rash associated with fifth disease pain?

Does the skin rash associated with fifth disease pain?

Sometimes itches: Most of my kids have no mention of pain with this illness but occasionally state that the lacy rash they get over their arms/legs/trunk is a bit itchy. ...Read more

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My 3 year old has a rash on his face that comes and goes. Can Fifth Disease come and go?

My 3 year old has a rash on his face that comes and goes. Can Fifth Disease come and go?

Yes and no: The rash of 5th disease can remain within the skin for weeks and seem to come out and fade repeatedly.This often happens with a warm bath or when the kid gets hot. There are other things that can cause a similar recurring problem.You provide no description of the rash. ...Read more

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How long can the rash from fifth disease come and go?

How long can the rash from fifth disease come and go?

Weeks: The slapped cheek appearance of 5ths 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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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. ...Read more

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Where does the rash appear when you have fifth disease?

Where does the rash appear when you have fifth disease?

Cheeks; arms/thighs: Fifth's disease, a viral infection caused by a virus. The rash starts brightly on the cheeks, often described as a "slapped cheek appearance". In a few days, a lighter, lacy looking rash appears on the upper arms, legs, & upper chest. By then, the child is no longer contagious. Unless there are certain blood disorders, it causes minimal symptoms. Exposed pregnant women should inform their doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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


Dr. Adam Lewis
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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