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Amanda Xi Dr. Xi
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I became infected with the virus that causes fifth disease while pregnant, will my child be harmed?

Amanda Xi Dr. Xi
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I became infected with the virus that causes fifth disease while pregnant, will my child be harmed?

Perhaps: Parvovirus b19 (also known as "fifth disease") can at times lead to a serious condition called hydrops fetalis, which is fluid build up in body areas of the fetus due to severe fetal anemia. It is important to notify your physician if you suspect parvovirus b19 infection while pregnant. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can fifth disease be transmitted to a woman's fetus in the 3rd trimester?

Can fifth disease be transmitted to a woman's fetus in the 3rd trimester?

Yes: If mom never had it as a kid she can get it during any stage of pregnancy.It can also pass to the fetus & produce problems. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm 7 1/2 week pregnant and was exposed to fifth disease?

What to do if I'm 7 1/2 week pregnant and was exposed to fifth disease?

Usually not a proble: Most pregnant women have normal babies if they contract Fifth's disease during pregnancy. Sometimes, especially in the 1st trimester, it can result in a miscarriage. Chances are you are immune to the virus anyway. You need to call your OB for advice on what you should do. Here is some information for you: http://www.cdc.gov/parvovirusb19/pregnancy.html ...Read more

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When pregnant, what are long-term risks to an unborn child of working in a pediatric office? (like being exposed to flu and other contagious diseases)

When pregnant, what are long-term risks to an unborn child of working in a pediatric office? (like being exposed to flu and other contagious diseases)

That's a tough one,: Because you can get your torch titers & take the flu-mist before you conceive, wash your hands till they're raw, & still get sneezed, pooped or peed on with goodness knows what. In light of the recent danish article on increased incidence of autism in children whose moms had a viral illness with fever for a week, not always the 'flu, i'd say it's a personal decision till we know more. ...Read more

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Is it possible for fifth disease to be transferred to a woman's fetus in the 3rd trimester?

Yes: If the mom has her primary experience with this virus at any point in pregnancy, the fetus can become infected. If it happens, the most disabling effect seems to be it's effect on the babies blood forming activity. If it slows it down or stops even briefly, the fetus may not be able to keep up with the metabolic demands of growth & a condition called hydrops can result. ...Read more

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Can fifth disease be transferred to a pregnant woman's fetus in the final trimester?

Yes: Fifth disease is a viral process that is usually experienced in childhood. It can infect a susceptible adult, pregnant or not. During the illness the normal body's bone marrow often slows down blood production for a while, but this goes unnoticed since we only replace 1-2% of out blood/day. However, if a fetus experiences 5ths, the effect can be significant. Close OB monitoring is important. ...Read more

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Fifths disease exposure during pregnancy, what to do?

Fifths disease exposure during pregnancy, what to do?

Parvo and pregnant: Fortunately, about half of pregnant exposed to Parvovirus B19 are already immune, and there are no ill consequences to mother or baby. Risk of miscarriage and fetal anemia occurs in less than 5%, usually in the first few months of gestation. There is no treatment, but your OB may want to increase monitoring, and they would likely want to be notified of your possible infection. ...Read more

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Im pregnant and me and my baby daddy got the sickle cell traits is it possible that my baby be born w/o the disease or all our kids have the disease?

Im pregnant and me and my baby daddy got the sickle cell traits is it possible that my baby be born w/o the disease or all our kids have the disease?

3 possibilities: With every conception you run the risk of having all kids with SS sickle cell disease, or a carrier state or all normal. If you have one with sickle cell the next one could be too. Conception does not take into account theoretic risk which here would give you 75% unaffected, they could all have sickle cell. ...Read more

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Can you avoid infecting your baby? If you were h.I.V. Positive since birth, and you were to get pregnant... Is there a way to protect your baby from the virus? (the father does not have h.I.V)

Can you avoid infecting your baby? If you were h.I.V. Positive since birth, and you were to get pregnant... Is there a way to protect your baby from the virus? (the father does not have h.I.V)

Can reduce chance: Effective antiretroviral therapy can reduce chances of HIV transmission to baby while pregnant. Specially if HIV virus remains undetectable in blood throughout the pregnancy by taking antiretroviral regularly. Also antiretroviral prophylaxis to baby during delivery further reduce the chance of infection to baby. ...Read more

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If a person is pregnant and she smokes, can the unborn baby get cancer from the smoking?

If a person is pregnant and she smokes, can the unborn baby get cancer from the smoking?

No, birth defects.: Smoking during pregnancy is not known to cause cancer in the unborn, but it causes many complications of pregnancy, and in the newborn. This can cause premature rupture of membranes (prom), placenta previa, abruptio placenta, ectopic pregnancy, premature birth, and pregnancy induced hypertension. In the newborn, it can cause low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome (sids), and others. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
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If i've had chicken pox as a child but i'm exposed to the active virus can I spread it to other people?

Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
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If i've had chicken pox as a child but i'm exposed to the active virus can I spread it to other people?

No: For someone who had natural chicken pox to catch same disease again and transmit to someone else is very unlikely. ...Read more

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What are my chances of contracting TB after being exposed to someone with active TB on a plane to japan?

What are my chances of contracting TB after being exposed to someone with active TB on a plane to japan?

Very low: TB is a very slow growing germ that is relatively hard to transfer. Simply sharing the air in a long plane ride is unlikely to do it. Sit next to someone who is coughing repeatedly would be a higher risk. The usual risk group includes those who live with someone with active TB and are exposed on a daily basis for weeks/months. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm 28 weeks pregnant and diagnosed with fifth disease. has any one been in the same situation?

Rare problems: Most women get a very mild illness. Their babies usually do not have any problems. RARELY and I mean RARELY it can cause severe anemia and miscarriage. And that usually happens if the Fifth disease occurs in the first half of the pregnancy. You are way past that. ...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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I have sickle cell disease. If I contract fifth disease can there be complications?

Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
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Yes: Aplastic crisis, profound dropping of hemoglobin (so called iron count) due to suppressed red cell production from bone marrow is a well known complication. ...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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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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Can you get the kissing disease from someone you've been kissing for over two months and doesn't have the disease or virus and is a clean person?

Can you get the kissing disease from someone you've been kissing for over two months and doesn't have the disease or virus and is a clean person?

Mono: Is contagious only if the person you come in contact with( kiss). Has the disease. So if the person you know is healthy. You will not get sick. So kissing does not cause the disease ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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 ...Read more


Dr. Warren Foster
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Fifth Disease (Definition)

A viral illness that starts with a "slapped cheek" rash on cheeks and a flat red spotted rash, mostly on the arms and upper legs, that can cause joint swelling and pain. It can be harmful ...Read more