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What is 5th disease?
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Dr. Thad Woodard
Pediatrics
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In brief: Viral illness
Fifth disease is a common usually mild viral illness that generally causes a distinctive "slapped face" rash on children.
Complications are rare and it usually no treatment is needed. See www.Healthychildren.Org for more information.

In brief: Viral illness
Fifth disease is a common usually mild viral illness that generally causes a distinctive "slapped face" rash on children.
Complications are rare and it usually no treatment is needed. See www.Healthychildren.Org for more information.
Dr. Thad Woodard
Dr. Thad Woodard
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Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Pediatrics
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In brief: Parvovirus infection
5th disease is common name of a very common pediatric viral infection caused by the parvovirus b19.
Typical symptoms can include a "slapped cheek" rash associated by some fever and nasal symptoms, which can be followed by a total body lacy rash.

In brief: Parvovirus infection
5th disease is common name of a very common pediatric viral infection caused by the parvovirus b19.
Typical symptoms can include a "slapped cheek" rash associated by some fever and nasal symptoms, which can be followed by a total body lacy rash.
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
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Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics
In brief: Viral illness
Fifth disease is a viral illness that causes fever, upper respiratory symptoms, and a characteristic lacy red rash, bright red cheeks and a bright red butt (slapped cheek syndrome).
For the child it's a mild, limited rash. The issue is that it can damage fetuses, so pregnant women have to be very careful. Schools are vigilant as children can bring this illness home to pregnant family.

In brief: Viral illness
Fifth disease is a viral illness that causes fever, upper respiratory symptoms, and a characteristic lacy red rash, bright red cheeks and a bright red butt (slapped cheek syndrome).
For the child it's a mild, limited rash. The issue is that it can damage fetuses, so pregnant women have to be very careful. Schools are vigilant as children can bring this illness home to pregnant family.
Dr. Michael Amster
Dr. Michael Amster
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