What should be included in patient education about erythema infectiosum (fifth disease)?

Updated: Mar 06, 2020
  • Author: Glenn L Zellman, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Infected children with hemolytic disease or immunosuppression may be quite infectious. Therefore, respiratory isolation, especially from pregnant, chronically anemic, or immunosuppressed individuals, should be observed. Good handwashing and infection control techniques should be encouraged.

Emphasize in discussion with parents that otherwise healthy patients with erythema infectiosum are not infectious once the rash appears; therefore, they do not need to be isolated or restricted from school/day care.

For patient education information, see the Children's Health Center, as well as Fifth Disease and Skin Rashes in Children.


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