Fifths disease?????? i need answers plz!!?

my mom thinks i have fifths disease bcuz i have a rash on my neck and face and im losing my voice and my cheeks are red

do you know anything about fifths disease if you do plz post anything u know it will be very appreciated

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Especially common in kids between the ages of 5 and 15, fifth disease typically produces a distinctive red rash on the face that makes the child appear to have a "slapped cheek." The rash then spreads to the trunk, arms, and legs. Fifth disease is actually just a viral illness that most kids recover from quickly and without complications.

    Fifth disease (also called erythema infectiosum) is caused by parvovirus B19. A human virus, parvovirus B19 is not the same parvovirus that veterinarians may be concerned about in pets, especially dogs, and it cannot be passed from humans to animals or vice versa.

    Studies show that although 40% to 60% of adults worldwide have laboratory evidence of a past parvovirus B19 infection, most of these adults can't remember having had symptoms of fifth disease. This leads medical experts to believe that most people with a B19 infection have either very mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.

    Fifth disease occurs everywhere in the world. Outbreaks of parvovirus tend to happen in the late winter and early spring, but there may also be sporadic cases of the disease any time throughout the year.

    Signs and Symptoms

    fifthdisease_illustrationFifth disease begins with a low-grade fever, headache, and mild cold-like symptoms (a stuffy or runny nose). These symptoms pass, and the illness seems to be gone until a rash appears a few days later. The bright red rash typically begins on the face. Several days later, the rash spreads and red blotches (usually lighter in color) extend down to the trunk, arms, and legs. The rash usually spares the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. As the centers of the blotches begin to clear, the rash takes on a lacy net-like appearance. Kids younger than 10 years old are most likely to get the rash.

    Older kids and adults sometimes complain that the rash itches, but most children with a rash caused by fifth disease do not look sick and no longer have fever. It may take 1 to 3 weeks for the rash to completely clear, and during that time it may seem to worsen until it finally fades away entirely.

    Certain stimuli (including sunlight, heat, exercise, and stress) may reactivate the rash until it completely fades. Other symptoms that sometimes occur with fifth disease include swollen glands, red eyes, sore throat, diarrhea, and rarely, rashes that look like blisters or bruises.

    In some cases, especially in adults and older teens, an attack of fifth disease may be followed by joint swelling or pain, often in the hands, wrists, knees, or ankles.


    A person with parvovirus infection is most contagious before the rash appears — either during the incubation period (the time between infection and the onset of symptoms) or during the time when he or she has only mild respiratory symptoms. Because the rash of fifth disease is due to an immune reaction (a defense response launched by the body against foreign substances like viruses) that occurs after the infection has passed, a child is usually not contagious once the rash appears.

    Parvovirus B19 spreads easily from person to person in fluids from the nose, mouth, and throat of someone with the infection, especially through large droplets from coughs and sneezes.

    In households where a child has fifth disease, another family member who hasn't previously had parvovirus B19 has about a 50% chance of also getting the infection. Children with fifth disease may attend childcare or school, since they are no longer contagious. Once infected with parvovirus B19, a person develops immunity to it and won't usually become infected again.

    Parvovirus B19 infection during pregnancy may cause problems for the fetus. Some fetuses may develop severe anemia if the mother is infected while pregnant — especially if the infection occurs during the first half of the pregnancy. In some cases, this anemia is so severe that the fetus doesn't survive. Fortunately, about half of all pregnant women are immune from having had a previous infection with parvovirus. Serious problems occur in less than 5% of women who become infected during pregnancy.


    There is no vaccine for fifth disease, and no real way to prevent spreading the virus. Isolating someone with a fifth disease rash won't prevent spread of the infection because the person usually isn't contagious by that time.

    Practicing good hygiene, especially frequent hand washing, is always a good idea since it can help prevent the spread of many infections.


    The incubation period (the time between infection and the onset of symptoms) for fifth disease ranges from 4 to 28 days, with the average being 16 to 17 days.


    The rash of fifth disease usually lasts 1 to 3 weeks. In a few cases in older kids and adults, joint swelling and pain because of fifth disease have lasted from a few months up to a few year

  • 1 decade ago

    I had it like 2 months ago.

    It's not that big of a deal. You get a rash, but it usually doesn't itch. And you're a little achy for a few days. The name "disease" makes it sound a lot more scary that it really is.

    It's just a virus infection, kinda like getting the flu, but no where near as bad (at least not for me).

    Don't worry about it. Chances are you won't get very sick but you'll still get to take a few days outta school :)

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Your scenario is still less than clear. It's like you are trying to make certain things sound less than they are. First you said he flirted with you and maybe it was all in your head but then you said you are no longer "with" him. So did you two have a relationship or what? My best read on this situation is that now that you are almost the same age he was when he first showed interest in you, you are realizing how creepy it would be to look at what are essentially children several years younger than you in a romantic way. So now you are reviewing your past and thinking this guy was not normal. But what is there to "do" unless you think he violated you or something? If he did violate you, consult the laws in your state to check on criminal statutes of limitations for sex crimes. If nothing happened other than he seemed interested and/or spent a little time with you, what's the fuss? Maybe he was a "loser" who couldn't get a date his own age; maybe you were just a cute girl who seemed older than her years; maybe he just genuinely liked you for your personality. Certainly it happens that adults find themselves attracted to other adults who are significantly older or younger, so it shouldn't be surprising that the same thing happens with young adults who are not so emotionally mature and find they have more in common with pre-adults. After all, your age range is a little iffy there but people who are 17 or 18 and seniors in high school sometimes share classes with 13 year olds who are freshman. They all tend to share a certain high school mentality. Now if he was at the upper range of 21 and you were at the lower range of 12, that starts to get significantly less acceptable. If you feel you were taken advantage of and are trying to work through it, perhaps you should seek a mental health resource counselor or therapist. And listen to Dr. Drew Pinsky on the LoveLine radio show ... he is the source of much wisdom on stuff like this.

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