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Treatment Of Parvovirus
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
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 ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 ). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not likely: Canine parvovirus type 2 affects dogs. It is highly contagious and spread by direct or indirect contact with feces. It is severe in puppies not protected by maternal antibodies or vaccination. It has two presentations, a cardiac and intestinal form. Treatment involves veterinary hospitalization. Vaccines can prevent this infection, but mortality can reach 91% in untreated cases. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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 ...Read more