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Is fifth disease contagious?

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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology
5 doctors agree

In brief: YeYes

Yes it is caused by a parvovirus.

In brief: YeYes

Yes it is caused by a parvovirus.
Dr. Robert Jackson
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Before the rash

Fifth disease is a viral illness (parvo b19) and often not a biggy for children, except some cold-like symptoms and then the rash.
."slapped cheeks" and blanching rash on body. Often, by the time the rash appears, it is no longer contagious. For adult, joint pain can be a problem, and this infection can adversely affect the unborn baby (hydrops fetalis). Consult doc if you have concerns. Good luck.

In brief: Before the rash

Fifth disease is a viral illness (parvo b19) and often not a biggy for children, except some cold-like symptoms and then the rash.
."slapped cheeks" and blanching rash on body. Often, by the time the rash appears, it is no longer contagious. For adult, joint pain can be a problem, and this infection can adversely affect the unborn baby (hydrops fetalis). Consult doc if you have concerns. Good luck.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Dr. Bac Nguyen
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

People who get parvovirus b19 infection can have no symptoms or can get "fifth disease".
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, mostly recover without complications and have immunity against re-infection. The virus is spread from person to person just like colds are spread.

In brief: Yes

People who get parvovirus b19 infection can have no symptoms or can get "fifth disease".
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, mostly recover without complications and have immunity against re-infection. The virus is spread from person to person just like colds are spread.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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