(Erythema Infectiosum; Parvovirus B19; Slapped Cheek Disease)
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- 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.
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov
AboutKidsHealth—The Hospital for Sick Children http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca
HealthLink BC http://www.healthlinkbc.ca
Fifth disease. Nemours Foundation website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/bacterial%5Fviral/fifth.html. Updated January 2014. Accessed October 31, 2014.
Fifth disease. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/parvovirusB19/fifth-disease.html. Updated February 14, 2012. Accessed October 31, 2014.
Parvovirus B19 infection. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated October 27, 2014. Accessed October 31, 2014.
Pregnancy and fifth disease. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/parvovirusB19/pregnancy.html. Updated February 14, 2012. Accessed October 31, 2014.
- Reviewer: Kari Kassir, MD
- Review Date: 12/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/20/2014 -
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