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Doctor insights on: Parvovirus Infection In Adults

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Should I be worried about a parvovirus infection?

Should I be worried about a parvovirus infection?

No: In general this infection, causing fifth's disease, in children is mild and is uncommon in adults but can cause complications in pregnant women, people with sickle cell anemia or immune deficiency.

Dr. Tim Conrad
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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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Who discovered the parvovirus infection?

Who discovered the parvovirus infection?

Cossert : Y. E. Cossert and colleagues first discovered the human parvovirus and published their work in the medical journal the lancet in 1975. The designation b19 with it refers to the coding of the sample in which it was found while looking for viruses using an electron microscope.

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Who discovered the parvovirus infection that causes rashes?

Who discovered the parvovirus infection that causes rashes?

Cossert : Y. E. Cossert and colleagues first discovered the human parvovirus and published their work in the medical journal the lancet in 1975. The designation b19 with it refers to the coding of the sample in which it was found while looking for viruses using an electron microscope.

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Is it possible to test for parvovirus b19 to detect whether you've previously had it or is testing only for current infections?

Is it possible to test for parvovirus b19 to detect whether you've previously had it or is testing only for current infections?

Parvo B19 testing: It is possible to test for it after infection, if that would help your health in some way.

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How can the parvovirus last in adults?

How can the parvovirus last in adults?

Different illness: Acute parvovirus b19 infection in the healthy adult is not generally the slapped cheek type illness that occurs in kids. Fever and muscle aches can occur but the most dominant feature is the polyarthritis/arthralgias that tend to occur in the hands, wrists, ankles and sometimes knees. The joint symptoms can last from several weeks.

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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.

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Can i get arthritis due to parvovirus 10 years after infection?

Can i get arthritis due to parvovirus 10 years after infection?

No: The mostly small joint arthritis seen sometimes with acute parvovirus b19 infection should not occur a decade later.

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My son is 6 and has hereditary spherocytosis. I am terrified he is going to get parvovirus and I won't know since presentation is mild. Help!

My son is 6 and has hereditary spherocytosis. I am terrified he is going to get parvovirus and I won't know since presentation is mild. Help!

Repeater: In the unlikely event that he gets parvo and actually needs to be supported through it, you'll have plenty of time between the onset of obvious serious illness and any risk of death. At least a few days. Keep reading accurate stuff. No reason to be "terrified." Better to focus. On his overall nutrition, development, fitness, folate status

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My son is 2 and presenting classic S&S of parvovirus b19. I know you can only treat symptoms, the rash has subsided. Is a doctors appt necessary?

My son is 2 and presenting classic S&S of parvovirus b19. I know you can only treat symptoms, the rash has subsided. Is a doctors appt necessary?

Mgt: Most cases resolve without any treatment. If you notice any symptoms that continue or recur such as joint pain, paleness of the skin, respiratory problems, an appointment with your PCP is advised. In the meantime, continue to provide hydration and monitor his temperature for the next week.

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My son was just dx with hereditary spherocytosis. I am SO worried about him getting parvovirus and going into Aplastic crisis. What do I watch for??

My son was just dx with hereditary spherocytosis. I am SO worried about him getting parvovirus and going into Aplastic crisis. What do I watch for??

Parvovirus B19: The main symptom to look for in aplastic crisis is pallor. Parvovirus B19 is somewhat common and symptoms overlap with upper respiratory infection, so it may difficult to avoid completely. People are contagious before the rash appears. Reduce risk of transmission with good handwashing and avoiding close contact with sick people.

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My son is 6 and just dx w hereditary spherocytosis. If he gets parovirus will he definitely go into aplastic crisis? How will I know it's parvovirus??

Parvovirus: the usual coarse of this virus is usually self resolving in a few days to few weeks in children with chronic anemias like cong spherocytosis if exposed the child will be monitored by your heamatologist and possibly get IVIG if the parvovirus PCR is positive and they have good results with that

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What is the definition or description of: parvovirus?

Virus causes illness: Parvovirus b 19 causes an illness associated with rash, sometimes with red cheeks we call" slapped cheek; fever, and joint symptoms. It does not require any antibiotics since it is a virus. It can be spread to others especilly among classrooms.

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Does everyone shows symptoms of fifth disease, if they are infected with the b19 human parvovirus?

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 ).

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My 6 yo son was dx with hereditary spherocytosis. I am SO worried about him getting parvovirus and going into Aplastic crisis. What do I watch for??

My 6 yo son was dx with hereditary spherocytosis. I am SO worried about him getting parvovirus and going into Aplastic crisis. What do I watch for??

Pale=ghostlike: Most have a mild to moderate form with a variety of symptoms including mild anemia,which produces fatigue & pallor(ghost like appearance).Intermittent episodes of more profound anemia can occur, but are not silent.Whether this is after a febrile illness like parvo, or a blood trapping event in the spleen, the kids are sicker,have abdominal pain,fatigue & >pallor.All are treatable

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Is it possible for you to get parvovirus twice?

Is it possible for you to get parvovirus twice?

Parvovirus: Individuals with Parvovirus B19 IgG antibodies are generally considered immune to recurrent infection, but some believe reinfection is possible in a minority of cases.

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What is parvovirus 16 and is it the same as b19 (human)?

What is parvovirus 16 and is it the same as b19 (human)?

No: Human parvovirus b19 got its name from the designation on the test sample from which the virus was found using an electron microscope. There is no human parvovirus 16.

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Parvovirus contagious to humans?

Parvovirus contagious to humans?

Yes, human to human: Parvovirus b19 is a causative organism of fifth disease in children. The same virus also affects pregnant women resulting in fetal hydrops, intrauterine growth retardation, and death.

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What are the differences between a parvo vaccine and a parainfluenza- and parvovirus?

What are the differences between a parvo vaccine and a parainfluenza- and parvovirus?

Different viruses: Parvo vaccine is used in dogs against canine parvo virus, ax fatal disease. It is different than parainfluenza virus. Humans also get infections from different species of the same viruses, and vaccines against these two aren't developed for universal use.

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Dr. Ahmet Baschat
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Parvovirus (Definition)

Parvovirus b 19 causes an illness associated with rash, sometimes with red cheeks we call" slapped cheek; fever, and joint symptoms. It does not require any antibiotics since it is a virus. It can be spread to ...Read more