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What are the tests for fifth disease?

What are the tests for fifth disease?

Clinical label: No one ever tests for fifth disease outside of a research hospital or in cases where an OB wants to confirm infection in a pregnant lady.A blood test at diagnosis & 2 weeks later is not realistic for a self healing minor illness. In the years before fancy lab tests many conditions were labeled clinically, like smallpox, chickenpox, etc. The name fifth came from its ranking as the 5th rash illness ...Read more

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Dr. Al Hegab
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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


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Can fifth disease just be on the lface?

Can fifth disease just be on the lface?

Slapped-cheek rash: Fifth disease is caused by parvovirus b19. The illness begins with a prodrome of fever, runny nose, headache, nausea, and diarrhea. 2-5 days later, the classic red rash on the face ("slapped cheek rash") appears. This rash on the face is usually followed by a lacelike rash on the trunk and extremities. ...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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Is fifth disease ever fatal to anyone?

Yes: Infected fetus from maternal infection during pregnancy can result in death. The risk of fetal death is between 2% and 6%. ...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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How long is my child contagious with fifth disease?

How long is my child contagious with fifth disease?

Only before rash app: Fifth disease in no longer contagious as soon as the rash is present & the diagnosis is made possible. ...Read more

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With fifth disease could one still swim in chlorine?

Yes and no: If you bean a regular pool, it would be fine. If you are doing some ritual in highly chlorinated water i would avoid it for everybody. The fumes would send you all to the hospital. ...Read more

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How long does cough associated with fifth disease last?

Ten days`: Fifth's disease is a viral illness and can trigger a cough as any viral illness can. Usually the cough is one of the last symptoms to go away and can last for tendays or even longer. The key is that by ten days the cough is clearly getting better. If not then it would be worth seeing your physician. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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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