Exposed To Fifth S Please Help

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NickieDo - May 19

First, I'm calling my Dr in the AM, but need some info to soothe my nerves. I just found out that my hubby's nephew has fifth's, and we all went to the mall a week ago on friday. (i think the only contact I had with him was holding his hand across the street and helping him in/out of the truck) What are my risks? Please help...I'm really worried about this.

 

monica - May 19

there is another thread in the pregnancy complication section. the thread is called fifth disease in my first trimester..... how many weeks are you?

 

NickieDo - May 19

I am 14 weeks

 

Misty - May 19

Hey, I looked this up. You could too by googleing fifth's disease. It says it is a disease that mostly only affects children. It is rare for it to affect an adult and when it does if you are pregnant it causes a slight increase in miscarriage. It also did say at least that there has been no evidence that it causes birth defects. And it said that it is only contagious in the stages when you can't see it, once the rash is there it is no longer contagious. I would definately still be worried, but reading that it seemed like it would be rare for something bad to happen to you when it comes to the pregnancy. Of course though I have no idea how old this info was, but there might even be something your doc can give you to help you keep from getting it too bad if you have it. Not sure about that though. According to this site the only treatment for it was to apply calmine lotion to the rash and take tylenol for the fever. But, like I said, I don't know just how old this info was. GL.

 

Misty - May 19

Oops, calamine lotion.

 

Misty - May 19

The site I got this from if you would like to see it is http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761582534/Fifth_Disease.html Just take out any"-" marks that show up in that, keep the two _ but get rid of any - if they appear when I send this.

 

Misty - May 19

Yeah they showed up. Make sure you get rid of the - in encyclopedia and the - behind html. It will work then but it won't if you don't get rid of them. GL. :-)

 

Sonya-edd 10/12/05 - May 19

I had a friend who was exposed to this also at about 14 weeks. The baby was fine but it was scary. The baby did show some signs of danger for a few weeks but then came out of it. GL

 

NickieDo - May 19

Thanks for the info! I was exposed on friday and the child's rash first apperard on tuesday, but HOPEFULLY since I only had minimal contact with him, my unborn will be ok. So far I have shown no signs, but it will be 7 days tomorrow. It said the incubation period was 6-14 days, I have my fingers crossed!

 

NickieDo - May 20

Well I called the Dr, had to leave a message on the ans. machine. I'm praying everything will be ok.

 

NickieDo - May 20

They had me come in this AM, drew blood and I'll get the test results back sometime next week. If I have the antibody, then the baby will be ok...if I don't have it, then they will keep a close eye on the pregnancy, b/c there is no treatment at this stage. the Dr did say that later on if severe anemia develops in the baby, that blood transfusions could be done. But hopefully all will be ok! Keep us in your prayers!

 

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