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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. Brad Goldenberg
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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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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 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?

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

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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 do schools do to contain the spread of fifth disease?

Unlikely to matter: Fifth disease is most contagious in the early phase often prior to recognized fever & before any rash appears. By the time a rash appears & the diagnosis is suspected or made , the kid is no longer shedding the virus in their spit & exclusion from school is un-necessary. ...Read more

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Are there ways that I can prevent my child from contracting fifth disease?

None: Even avoidance does not work , because the infection is contagious basically before they break out in the typical rash. Thus it is too late. ...Read more

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My child is immune-compromised, can there be complications with fifth disease?

Maybe: Fifth disease, caused by parvovirus b19, is usually mild and self-resolving. Some people get infected, have no symptoms, and become immune against re-infection. Complications can occur in immunocompromised persons and persons with chronic anemia, as well as occasionally in pregnant women. Such higher-risk persons should contact their doctors if exposed to someone with fifth disease. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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My child has has symptoms of fifth disease more than once, is this a sign of another under lining issue?

Probably not.: Many viruses can cause symptoms very similar to fifth disease (fever, red cheeks, reticulated rash), so getting that constellation of symptoms more than once is not normally a significant issue. If it happens over and over, though, there might be something more significant going on, and you should see your doctor or a dermatologist for a thorough exam. ...Read more

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Is fifth disease pityriasis rosea?

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No: Totally different, unrelated conditions.

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Is fifth disease fatal for fetuses?

Is fifth disease fatal for fetuses?

Possible: Fifth disease is a common childhood ailment that is generally experienced by school age in most. It is usually quite mild & passes without problems. If a girl was not infected as a child & experiences it while pregnant, the virus can result in miscarriage or fetal death.The defining event appears to be a variable effect on babies ability to form blood cells. If it slows it, death can result. ...Read more

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Are there vaccinations for fifth disease?

Are there vaccinations for fifth disease?

No: There is no vaccine for the parvovirus b19 that infects humans. There are parvovirus vaccines for canines (dogs) and felines (cats), but those animal's parvoviruses don't cause infections in humans. Also, parvovirus b19 doesn't cause infections in dogs or cats. ...Read more

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What is fifth disease?

Parvovirus B19: Also called "Slapped Cheek Syndrome,” this virus is known for its lacy red rash. The cheeks look very red, as though slapped. In kids, a non-specific fever and cold symptoms will be followed by the rash. The rash can come and go over weeks. ...Read more

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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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What are the signs of fifth disease?

What are the signs of fifth disease?

Parvo: Parvovirus b19 or fifth disease can show up as blotchy red cheeks or else as red hands and feet. There is usually some mild fever, sore throat or malaise. Adults often have some joint pains. ...Read more

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How does fifth disease et transmitted ?

Coughs and sneezing: Fifth disease is a viral infection and is mainly spread by droplets from the nose and mouth. These can be passed to others especially through sneezing and coughing. The best prevention is good handwashing and teach children to cover their coughs with their upper arm. It is most contagious before the patient has any symptoms at all and is not really contagious after the face rash shows up. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get fifth disease twice?

Unlikely: The immunity gained by the initial infection is considered lifelong. It would be more likely that a similar viral skin rash was mistaken as fifth's ...Read more

Dr. Harinder Gill
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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