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What are some of the symptoms of fifth disease in kids?
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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In brief: Fifth disease …
…is a viral illness (parvovirus b19) aka erythema infectiosum or "slapped cheek" disease.
Red cheeks, as if slapped, is one of first symptoms; some may have fever; lacy rash develops on arms & legs; some may have joint pains. Children usually don't act "sick". Use tylenol/ children's Motrin (ibuprofen) for fever/aches. Otherwise, no tx required. Infxn resolves on its own. Don't expose pregnant d/t fetal risk.

In brief: Fifth disease …
…is a viral illness (parvovirus b19) aka erythema infectiosum or "slapped cheek" disease.
Red cheeks, as if slapped, is one of first symptoms; some may have fever; lacy rash develops on arms & legs; some may have joint pains. Children usually don't act "sick". Use tylenol/ children's Motrin (ibuprofen) for fever/aches. Otherwise, no tx required. Infxn resolves on its own. Don't expose pregnant d/t fetal risk.
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See article http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001972/ for more details.
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