Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Fifth Disease

Being a mother of 4 children, I have seen pretty much every illness there is......at least I thought I had seen it all. Last week our 8 year old daughter came down with a fever out of nowhere. It wasn't super high and it lasted just a couple of days. The only other symptoms that she had was a headache and some minor body aches. She went back to school after two days off and was perfectly fine. Monday, she came home from school with a crazy rash. It wasn't like anything I had ever seen before. It wasn't really raised bumps and it wasn't like hives. It was super red and it was on the backs of her legs. I thought it might be from where she was sitting because she wore shorts that day and I didn't think anything of it again until that night. I got on Facebook before I went to bed and saw other parents who have children at the same school saying that their children had the rashes as well. So this freaked me out! I immediately thought the worst and scrambled to find the principals home number in the phone book. I felt awful to call her at home but I didn't know if I should take her to the Dr. right away or if it was nothing so I thought it was better to call. Her answer? Fifth Disease. (AKA Parvovirus B19 Infection) Apparently it rears its head in the Spring and it is DEFINITELY going around our elementary school. It's transmitted through coughs and sneezes and with the crazy weather we have had, I have seen enough of that stuff to last a lifetime and allergy season has only just begun. 

I Googled the heck out of this illness. Fifth Disease, Fifths Disease, 5th disease. It didn't matter how I typed it, a billion articles came up. I was relieved to see that it is considered a minor illness but still annoying nonetheless. 

So here is what the back of her legs look like. 



She came home from school today with rosy cheeks and I was not surprised because when I Googled it, it said that it is often called "Slapped Cheek Syndrome" because that's what it looks like when it's on the face. Crazy! The good news is that once the rash appears, they are no longer contagious.  She was only contagious when she had the fever and before the onset of symptoms.  But she has a text book case of Fifth Disease and now I can add another illness to my book of things we have battled. LOL 


1 comment:

  1. Isaac had that when he was a baby. I'm glad your daughter seems to be doing better and hope that none of your other kiddos come down with it!

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