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Contagious fifth disease-a viral infection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   my child came home 2 days ago with a bright red rash and was diagnosed with fifth disease. Tonight my cheeks became slightly flushed and hot. my back and torso and legs are mildly itchy. I can see a faint rash, but nothing like my child's I have a temp of 99.3 Is it possible that I have caught the virus from her already? What can I expect and when? Will the rash worsen? I am also mildly achy.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello. thank you for your help. just want to know what to expect.
Doctor :   May I know your age?
User :   i am 40
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   Fifth disease is caused by a virus which can get transmitted to close contacts.
User :   my daughter has slept in my bed with me the past 7 days when her dad works nights
Doctor :   Since most viral infection can present with fever and rashes,
Doctor :   I cannot predict, if its the same virus or a different virus that could be the cause.
Doctor :   However, most viral infections including that causing fifth disease is a self limiting one.
Doctor :   And gets cured completely without any complications.
Doctor :   Hence you need not worry.
User :   self limiting? I am not concerned I just want to know what I might expect. I have seen some horror stories in fifth disease blogs. do I stay home from work on tuesday?
Doctor :   Complications are common in individuals who have a reduced immunity.
User :   ok so i may be itchy and under the weather. can I treat the rash if it develops further? I do not have a lowered immune system
Doctor :   complications are expected in young children, those who have diabetes, suffer malignancy, HIV infected and those having chronic infection.
Doctor :   So I do not expect those in you, if you do not have any of those illness.
Doctor :   The symptoms will settle down with symptomatic medications such as
User :   OK. I understand. I do have pre-diabetes but it has been controlled for a while now and I normally don't even know i have it
Doctor :   tylenol tablets thrice a day and antihistamine lotions such as caladryl.
User :   ok
Doctor :   you will need to see a doctor
Doctor :   if the following symptoms appear
Doctor :   1. Rashes increasing is size and number
Doctor :   2. Easy bruising, blood discoloured urine or stools
Doctor :   3. Symptoms persisting for more than 3-5 days
Doctor :   4. If fever is associated with chills and shivering
Doctor :   5. You develop additional symptoms such as loose stools, vomiting, discomfort while passing urine, cough with sputum, breathing discomfort.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Evaluation consisting of blood test will be needed, if you have these symptoms?
Doctor :   Have you followed?
User :   yes, I have. thank you!
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   no, I just wanted to find out what I can expect if I caught this from her. Thanks!
Doctor :   I hope I have answered your query.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
User :   You have, I won't be comfortable for a few days. I hate having a rash, but i should be back to myself soon. Good bye.
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