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I work in childcare 3 days a week and there has been a case

Hello, I work in childcare 3 days a week and there has been a case of slap cheek and an unconfirmed case of measles. I am 18 weeks pregnant and was just wondering if it is safe for me to go to work tomorrow? Both case are in rooms that I do not go in anyways if that makes a difference.

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My son who is 4 years old had a fever days. There were no

My son who is 4 years old had a fever for 3 days. There were no other symptoms attached. I took him to the dr. who examined him and said everything was fine. It was more than likely a strange virus, or roseola or fifths disease. The day after his feverbroke, he got a spotty, light pink rash on his back, and face. I have voiced my concerns about leukemia but she doesn't seem concerned as he still eats (alot) and is very active, which is true. He gets up early. The only thing that concerns me is he is nowfalling asleep for an hour or two after school in the afternoon. He never does this. He also has one petechiae spot under his eye, as well as a few spots where his underwear rubs on both legs. I am really concerned about leukemia.

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My 5 kids have had mild on and off symptoms all week of low

My 5 kids have had mild on and off symptoms all week of low grade temps, headaches, mild nausea, fatigue. Finally today everyone woke up feeling better but now my 3 yr old has a rash on his cheeks. Is this fifths disease and are we ok having a birthday party Saturday since the fevers are gone and they shouldn't be contagious anymore once they're to the rash phase? I can share a pic of the rash.

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My 20 month old son has a rash that i first noticed last Tuesday.

my 20 month old son has a rash that i first noticed last Tuesday. Took him to pediatrician wednesday. Said it is a virus. The rash is still here. They said to bring him back Monday if it didn't go away unless he developed other symptoms first. Hasn't had a fever and the rash doesn't seem to bother him. Looks so bad though! Should I take him in today or wait until morning?

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My son is two years old and he constantly has red cheeks, almost

My son is two years old and he constantly has red cheeks, almost perfectly round areas in his cheeks that are rough to the touch and the same areas get very red when he is hot or very cold, or outside running around. We asked his pediatrician but they weren't exactly red right then but she said we could use some hydrocortisone on them but she wasn't concernsd. Not sure what to do to get it to go away. We used eczema lotion on them but it didn't do much.

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My 12 year-old son was just diagnosed with Fifth Disease and

My 12 year-old son was just diagnosed with Fifth Disease and I am looking to see if you concur with this diagnosis. On Feb. 1, he came down with flu-like symptoms. He had a mild fever, slight sore throat, headache, chills and persistent dry cough. On Feb. 5, after four days of continued symptoms minus the cough, then with shortness of breath (he has asthma, but the shortness of breath did not seem to be his typical asthma symptoms: wheezing, cough, and persistent difficulty breathing until relief from Albuterol), AND joint pain - particularly in his elbows, feet, and shoulders. I took him to a clinic. He had a chest x-ray that came back negative for pneumonia. The lab technician also tried to do a CBC but could not draw blood. After sticking him in both arms and the top of one hand, she concluded that his veins were too small, so they couldn't do the blood work. He was prescribed amoxicillin, which he took twice daily for 10 days. He had a little abdominal discomfort with the first two doses of the amoxicillin and then seemed to tolerate it well. The shortness of breath continued - mostly just whenever he would do a lot of walking and the muscle/joint pain continued. The cough had subsided and his temperature became very LOW. His body temperature from oral reading was ranging from 96.0 to about 97.1. (He does tend to have a naturally low body temperature of around 97.7 or so, but the 96.0 worried me.) (We used three different thermometers to ensure accuracy and received consistent readings.) The low body temperature started about 24 hours BEFORE he began the amoxicillin (while we were waiting for the prescription to be filled) and continued while he was on the medication (10 days). Over time, the shortness of breath subsided, the sore throat had gone away quickly, but the muscle/joint pain continued off and on, but seemed less severe. He has now been off of the amoxicillin for about 8 days (as of today) and seemed to be just about fully recovered (he had still looked a bit pale to me as of about two days ago). Yesterday, when I picked him up from school, I immediately noticed that both of his cheeks were red. He said that classmates had said the same thing to him in school. He did not eat or drink anything unusual (in fact, he had leftovers in his lunch from a dinner that I had made - a favorite: spaghetti TWO nights prior) and did not use any new cleaners or shampoos or toothpastes, etc. We have not used any new household cleaners or laundry detergents. He did not recall any insect bites or stings and didn't show any localized areas to indicate a bug bite of any kind. He was not taking ANY medication. He does take Flovent to control his asthma, but had actually skipped a dose yesterday morning and I did not give it to him last night or this morning. He confirmed that he did not eat or drink anything else while at school. Later yesterday evening, the redness seemed to subside a bit, but this morning, when he woke, the redness on both cheeks was much more red and his jawline was swollen. Both cheeks were noticeably puffy. He also said his mouth felt dry and that his eyes felt dry. He said that the rash on his cheeks itched a little and mostly burned and felt very warm to him. His temperature was 97.2. We took him to his primary care physician this morning. She listened to his heart, looked in his mouth and ears and examined the redness and swollen cheeks. She concluded that it was Fifth Disease and told us that the rash may get a little worse before it begins to improve, but that he would be fine and could return to school as he was no longer contagious. She noted that the rash may have had a slight lace-like shape just down towards the neckline a bit. She also noted that there may be signs of a slight rash on the tops of his hands. He has had all of his vaccines (including MMR and the recommended boosters). The rash on his face is not SUPER bright red...but definitely noticeable and it is on both cheeks. Though his previous flu-like symptoms have indeed subsided, he does occasionally complain of joint pains in his elbows, hands and feet or notes a sudden "ice-pick" headache that lasts only for a few seconds...and even occasionally says that he has a shooting pain down his side or in a leg (which have always been attributed to "growing pains"). For the last three to four years, he has also said that he has VERY random and short-lived chest pains. We have taken him to his doctor to inquire about that in the past and it was concluded that it was most likely indigestion (he does like to move around a lot while he's eating or soon after) and noted that his heart sounded fine. Those chest pains are very sporadic and do not seem to follow any sort of exertion - rather coming on randomly, while he is resting or seated or walking slowly. He has not had any chest pains this week. The only thing that makes me question today's diagnosis of Fifth Disease is the facial SWELLING.

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Dr. , I have a 3 Years old Daughter she had some cold during

Dr. ,I have a 3 Years old Daughter she had some cold during the past week and coughing. Shes been on Tylenol. Now she woke up with her cheeks are redish and swollen and a puffy face

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21 month old with fever days, rash on face (like

21 month old with fever days, rash on face (like heat rash) both checks rounding the outside of the eye. Measles in the area.

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My six year old son woke up w/ red cheeks and red upper arms..

My six year old son woke up w/ red cheeks and red upper arms.. He was scratching just a bit when I took him to school. He was not running a fever and said he felt ok. We just got home from school now and his cheeks and arms look the same.He has broken out in hives just once before and we treated it w/Benadryl. I'm thinking he's reacting to something again only it's just a red 'rash' instead of hives. We couldn't figure out why he broke out in hives last time and this time.. still nothing new in our daily life/routines,etc..He had been battling a runny nose for a week or so and then a cough came along, and then he had some fever for about three days, and now he just has that lingering cough. I think it could just be allergy stuff he's dealing with but would like your opinion on the matter.(I gave him some Benedryl-D for children when we got home this afternoon. I hope it helps)

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