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Erythema Infectiosum (fifth Disease)

What is Fifth Disease? All That You Need to Know

About

A condition where the child has classic slapped cheek appearance on the face, as a result of infection.

Affects children, common viral illness found among 1 in six children. [1]

- May not require medical examinations and lab tests
- Short-term illness among children
- Usually self-treatable
- May require medical treatment if rashes turn into purple color

A condition caused by human parvovirus B19 among children. Rashes which are mild and blotchy begin to appear on face and cheeks. It is a contagious viral infection which is caused especially during the spring and winter seasons.

Ages affected - Rare condition in infants and adults, mostly caused to children between the age of five to fifteen years.

Symptoms:

Self-diagnosable
It is a mild condition which can be cured without medical treatment. Symptoms of cough, red cheeks may appear on the skin and cheeks area.

People may experience
Fever - low grade and mild fever
Red cheeks - bright and red cheeks
Rash - flat rash near legs and arms
Pain - less common condition and pain near joints or a headache

Treatment

Self-care:
Generally cured by itself, one should consult a healthcare provider in case of symptoms persisting for very long or if the rashes start turning into purple in color. Plenty of fluids and rest is needed.

Medications:
Non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs may be used in certain cases by doctors if required, in order to relieve from pain and fever.

Specialists:
Consult your healthcare provider in case the situation persists. At mfine, we are here to support you and help you with holistic health program for your requirements.

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