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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Slapface

I can't help it. This virus name cracks me up!

Two of my darling children have had a minor virus lately called Fifth Disease (it's one of the five common childhood diseases) or "Slapface". It's not at all serious, in fact, I'm sure some of my other children had it without us really noticing. It's a human parvovirus (not at all related to the dog and cat kind of parvo) and it passes in 7 - 10 days. The nickname "Slapface" comes from the bright red cheeks which last about a day, but look like you've been slapped on the cheeks.

Then follows an interesting looking rash. The rash is not usually itchy or bumpy, just kind of lacy looking. It shows up best when the child is warm, like when they first crawl out from under their covers in the morning. Mostly the rash is on the arms and legs, but some of our little friends have had rashes on the trunk part of their bodies. My older daughter also had some achiness in her joints. It also starts out with general cold symptoms which pass quickly.

So, all in all, it's just kind of a funny sickness.

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