Sunday, February 3, 2008

Fifth Disease

So Sara broke out into this rash Friday night. I took pictures and posted them on a message board, asking anyone if they knew what it could be. A couple of people thought maybe an allergic reaction, and I thought so too at first so I bought some Benadryl and gave it to her.

The majority of people said that it looked just like Fifth Disease. I had never heard of it! So this is what it is...

Especially common in kids between the ages of 5 and 15, fifth disease typically produces a distinctive red rash on the face that makes the child appear to have a "slapped cheek." The rash then spreads to the trunk, arms, and legs. Fifth disease is actually just a viral illness that most kids recover from quickly and without complications.

So Saturday morning when she got up the rash had spread from her left cheek to the rest of her face and shoulders. I called our family doctor and he agreed that it sounded like Fifth Disease. And there is nothing you can do but let it run it's course.
And that can take a couple of weeks! The redness is pretty much gone although you can still see the bumps. At least it is nothing serious! And of course she is just full force as if nothing is wrong. Such a trooper!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm currently being accussed of child abuse against my daughter who has now had 2 rashes that look very very similar to the picture of your daughter. She has some bruising as well and a hand print as if she has been smacked in the face. Once on one side and the 1st time on both sides. No one believes me that this exsist and causes bruising. I just want to think you so much for you website because it has given me so much as well as other websites to take to court to PROVE these facts in which NO person of the CPS or any other judge lawyer etc knows anything about and insist she has been slapped. I know very well she has NOT and I just want to thank you so much because this may be the only leg I have to stand on knowing that no one has touched my daughter and she's been sick AND she woke up out of a dead sleep with this mark on her the only explaination is a ghost! LoL ...sorry but this makes MUCH more sense than anything I have found yet! Thank you again so much!