(Erythema Infectiosum; Parvovirus B19; Slapped Cheek Disease)
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- Age: fifth disease occurs most often in children
- Contact with someone infected with parvovirus B19
- Low-grade fever
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Examination of the rash
- Blood test to identify antibodies to parvovirus
- Acetaminophen or ibuprofen may help reduce joint pain or fever.
- Anti-itch medications may be used to relieve itching caused by the rash.
People With Chronic Anemia
People With Immune Problems
Women Who Are Pregnant
- Practice good hygiene.
- Wash your hands often.
- Try to avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
- Avoid close contact with people who are infected. Wash your hands after coming in contact with someone who has a virus.
American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
Nemours Foundation http://www.kidshealth.org
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov
BC Health Guide http://www.bchealthguide.org
Fifth disease. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php. Updated October 2011. Accessed August 3, 2012.
Fifth disease. Nemours Foundation website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/bacterial%5Fviral/fifth.html. Accessed August 3, 2012.
Parvovirus B19 (fifth disease). US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/parvovirusB19/fifth-disease.html. Accessed August 3, 2012.
Parvovirus B19 infection and pregnancy. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/parvovirusB19/pregnancy.html. Accessed August 3, 2012.
- Reviewer: Kari Kassir, MD
- Review Date: 12/2013 -
- Update Date: 01/14/2014 -
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