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December 2nd, 2009, 03:00 PM
QueenCrafty's Avatar Courtney
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My sister called today and said she's pretty sure her daughter has Fifths Disease. She had a slight fever the day after Thanksgiving but didn't think anything of it. Today she developed a rash that started on her face and has spread all the way down to the bottom of her feet. All very characteristic of Fifths Disease and she was around pregnant women and other kids on Thanksgiving at my house. Her pediatrician won't see her though because her fever wasn't what they consider high enough. I think she needs a new pediatrician because isn't that their point- take a kid in when they have a rash or illness? Whatever. Anyway, Fifths Disease can cause some complications to pregnant women if they've never had it before. I called my office and they'll be sending me to get bloodwork done when I go in for my repeat u/s on Friday just in case. The nurse said that 80-90% of adults are immune from having it as a child but the bloodwork will confirm that for me. I'm not super worried at this point. I do have to call my good friend who was here on Thanksgiving. She had just announced her pregnancy so I'm worried that exposure could increase her chances of miscarriage right now. Good times!

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December 2nd, 2009, 03:12 PM
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I'm sorry sweetie! I found out after the fact that I was possibly exposed when we visited family in MI when I was 6wks along... my niece had it previously and the rash was gone but timing wise her baby brother, mom, or Dad, or my IL's could all have been carrying it and passed it out. I wasn't worried until a few weeks later my DD had a terrible rash and fever, long story short though she was never tested (and I didn't mention it to my OB) her ped felt it wasn't fifth since the rash never got on her face etc and all was fine in the long run once her mystery rash finally disappeared. I hope your bloodwork comes back that you are immune or that you weren't exposed. I agree she needs a new ped, mine gets you in at any mention of a fever or rash (and its not even a ped technically, my DD goes to my family practice doctor).
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December 2nd, 2009, 04:06 PM
Amanda C's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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That's not right. DD's pedi always wants to take a look at her for any kind of rash.

I hope everything turns out okay!

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December 2nd, 2009, 05:55 PM
babymine's Avatar Veteran
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fifths looks like they have a "slapped" face...bright red....sure its not something else? My son had hand, foot and mouth disease last month with fever and a rash starting on his cheeks and traveling the body. Just wondering if it could be something else.
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December 2nd, 2009, 06:05 PM
mylene169's Avatar Kaija and Kolbie's Mommy
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Ugh, that sucks Courtney! Hopefully it's not Fifths, or you at least have immunity!
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December 3rd, 2009, 10:32 AM
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Yuck! I hope everybody is ok and unaffected from it. I agree, the ped is wrong. They should take a look at any rash, regardless of fever.

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