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Doctor insights on: Lifelong Immunity For Fifth Disease

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Can my child catch fifth disease from our pet?

Can my child catch fifth disease from our pet?

No: Although it is true that there is a parvovirus which infects animals, it is different from the parvovirus b19 that causes fifth's disease. These two viruses are different and are not transferred between animals and humans. ...Read more

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Immunity (Definition)

In medicine, having an immunity to certain disease is to mean you are protected from getting it. For example: flu vaccination trigers the body to develop the immunity(antibody)/protection so that it won't get the flu. The idea is similar to the law: to provide immunity to someone is to protect that person from potential physical harm by other(s). Have ...Read more


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How common is fifth disease?

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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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 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 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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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 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 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

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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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. Milroy Samuel
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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