David Perlstein, MD, MBA, FAAP
Dr. Perlstein received his Medical Degree from the University of Cincinnati and then completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at The New York Hospital, Cornell medical Center in New York City. After serving an additional year as Chief Pediatric Resident, he worked as a private practitioner and then was appointed Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
- Fifth disease facts
- What is fifth disease? What causes fifth disease?
- What are fifth disease symptoms and signs in children and adults?
- Are there other symptoms that can occur with fifth disease?
- What are the serious complications of fifth disease? Is infection with fifth disease dangerous during pregnancy?
- What is the treatment for fifth disease?
- How is fifth disease spread, when is the contagious stage, and should I be isolated if I have fifth disease?
- Is it possible to prevent the spread of fifth disease?
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Fifth disease facts
- Fifth disease is caused by a virus.
- Symptoms include low fever, fatigue, a "slapped cheeks rash," joint aches, and a whole-body rash.
- Diagnosis is made based on clinical features.
- Rarely, fifth disease can have complications.
- Fifth disease in pregnant women can cause a miscarriage.
What is fifth disease? What causes fifth disease?
Fifth disease is a viral illness caused by parvovirus B19. Fifth disease is also known as "erythema infectiosum" and "slapped cheek disease." The clinical illness was described in the 1880s and was named fifth disease because of its fifth position in the numerical classification of childhood illnesses associated with rashes (exanthems). Other numbered diseases included measles, scarlet fever,
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