First came the email from my school, and then the notice home–“cases of Fifth Disease have been reported.” Fifth Disease? Huh? I had no idea what Fifth Disease was, and didn’t know why I should be worried about it. Thinking others may be in the same boat, Breezy Mama turned to Pediatrician Anatoly Belilovsky, M.D. for answers.
What is Fifth Disease?
It is a visually distinctive, but clinically mild, viral illness caused by Parvovirus B19 and transmitted by droplet (cough/sneeze) spread.
How do we know if we have it?
Mainly by its distinctive rash – usually red “slapped cheeks” to start, then a “lacy” extremity rash extending to the rest of the body. The order of appearance is sometimes reversed; when “slapped cheeks” appear later, diagnosis is [Read more…] about Fifth Disease: Are You Susceptible? Is Your child?