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<span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span style="color:#008080;">Talk to me about Fifth Disease. We just returned from the doctor's office and dd has been diagnosed with Fifth Disease. She is absolutley miserable.... her whole body is broken out in hives, I can't seem to get her temp below 101 and this is with rotating ibuprophen and tylenol. On top of all of this she has a really sore throat. The doc did a swab to check for strep so we are treating this with tea and honey, ice chips and soup. I feel so bad for her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> The doc does not want her to return to school until she has had a normal temp for at least 24 hours.</span></span>
 

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I'm not convinced that it's fifths disease. When my kids had it, they were kind of crabby, had low fevers for a few days and THEN got the rash with no other symptoms. And it wasn't a hivie rash. It was just red splotchy skin. And once they get the rash they aren't contageous anymore.<br><br>
I hope she feels better soon!
 

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Hmm... when my DS had Fifth's he wasn't sick in the least. He did have the slapped cheek look and a rash on his tummy (not hives), but no fever or any discomfort whatsoever.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm not convinced that it's fifths disease. When my kids had it, they were kind of crabby, had low fevers for a few days and THEN got the rash with no other symptoms. And it wasn't a hivie rash. It was just red splotchy skin. And once they get the rash they aren't contageous anymore.</div>
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I agree. That describes exactly how my kids were except only ds got a fever. Dd just doesn't DO fevers lol. I'd get that checked again, it doesn't sound like fifth's disease to me at all.
 

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When my two daughter's had it - I agree with others - a bit of crabbiness, fevers I didn't really notice, and then a rash.<br><br>
Maybe your daughter has another infection?<br><br>
You know, for a long time I was really concerned about fevers - I did what it sounds like you're doing. Any time the fever went above 100' I freaked out and alternated between Motrin and Tylenol because the Doctor told me to. Now I just let them sleep on the couch and rest and put them in a lukewarm bath once in a while to bring it down. Yes, if they are in pain I will give them something but I really backed off it.
 

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Id stop trying to get her fever down. 101 isn't very high at all.<br>
The body needs to heat up to kill virus'.<br>
otherwise <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">s that sucks
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm not convinced that it's fifths disease. When my kids had it, they were kind of crabby, had low fevers for a few days and THEN got the rash with no other symptoms. And it wasn't a hivie rash. It was just red splotchy skin. And once they get the rash they aren't contageous anymore.<br><br>
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ITA, my ds had it, the same as above.
 

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I'm assuming this is your 11year old. In the case of an older child or adult this sounds like fiths, I know I had it about a month ago and it sucked. The rash will start to itch and then eventauly the skin will peel like a sunburn. Your feel like your skin is on fire as well so the fever feels worse then it is. I recomend baths, and an anti itch or soothing lotion of some sort. And lots of TLC - in a child this is a minor disease in and older person it really sucks. Oh ya keep her away from pregnant women.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm assuming this is your 11year old. In the case of an older child or adult this sounds like fiths, I know I had it about a month ago and it sucked. The rash will start to itch and then eventauly the skin will peel like a sunburn. Your feel like your skin is on fire as well so the fever feels worse then it is. I recomend baths, and an anti itch or soothing lotion of some sort. And lots of TLC - in a child this is a minor disease in and older person it really sucks. Oh ya keep her away from pregnant women.</div>
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<br><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span style="color:#0000FF;">Yup, she is 11, almost 12. I did read that it presents differently in older kids and I am confident that our doc knows what she is talking about. Her temp is down to around 99 now but she is so miserable between the itch from the hives and her sore throat. The doctor also said she sounded congested and suggested we try some Mucinex to loosen the crap in her chest. I am using Calamine lotion and Benadryl for the itch, Mucinex for the congestion and ibuprophen/tylenol and baths to help her feel more comfortable. I do not like to give ddv meds unless necessary but she feels so terrible.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> The doc wonders (and I have to agree) if there may be a couple things going on here. We should hear back about the strep test tomorrow. I hope she sleeps tonight. We are both so tired.</span></span>
 

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<span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span style="color:#008000;">The doc just called to say that the initial strep test came back negative. Here are a couple pics of her hives.<br><br><a href="http://s27.photobucket.com/albums/c173/borzoimomma/Marnie%20hives/" target="_blank">http://s27.photobucket.com/albums/c1...arnie%20hives/</a><br><br>
DD's temp is normal now but she is crying about her throat and the crying and coughing is making her throat worse. I wish there was something that I could do for her.... I feet so helpless. I hate to see her in pain. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br></span></span>
 

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hmm, the hives look different then what I had so you could have a couple things going on. Looking at the pics she has a flat redish rash under the entire area - that is a fiths rash. The hives are somthing else, maybe an allergy to something she is taking for the sore throut (herbal or otherwise)<br>
Good luck - the sore throut is the worst, I found icecubes and popsicles to be very soothing on in. Although nothing helps when you start to cough - you feel like your lower half is trying to come out your throut sideways.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">hmm, the hives look different then what I had so you could have a couple things going on. Looking at the pics she has a flat redish rash under the entire area - that is a fiths rash. The hives are somthing else, maybe an allergy to something she is taking for the sore throut (herbal or otherwise)<br>
Good luck - the sore throut is the worst, I found icecubes and popsicles to be very soothing on in. Although nothing helps when you start to cough - you feel like your lower half is trying to come out your throut sideways.</div>
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<span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span>The rash/hives have not changed since before I started any treatment so I am not sure what she could be allergic to. We have not changed any shampoo/laundry soap brands. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> She is so itchy. I am using Benadryl and Calamin. I friend mentioned an oatmeal bath so I am going to try that in the am.<br><br>
Your comments about your sore throat are exactly what she is saying. I am up right now getting ice chips for her and letting the dog out. We went to bed about 6 1/2 hours ago and I think she/we may have slept an hour total. I am absolutely exhausted and, of course, I know she is also. I am so tired, I am on the verge of tears and I feel so helpless. She is in my bed and has just been laying next to me moaning. I had hoped tonight would have been better than last night but aside from the fact that her fever is now gone, she is still broken out in hives/rash and is still in pain.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"><br><br>
Thank you so much for talking with me about this. I helps to know that someone else went through something similar and that we both are not crazy!</span></span>
 

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When my DD had an allergic rash in December, I gave her oatmeal, cornstarch and baking soda baths. I think it really helped. I had to rinse her off under the shower because its a lot of "stuff" to bathe in. Right after the shower, I doused her in dye-free calamine and it really soothed the rash.<br><br>
I hope she is feeling better!
 

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<span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span style="color:#008080;">This is day 5 of the hives. DD is completly miserabe. She is swollen and raw and so itchy. I am giving her benadryl every 6 hours and oatmeal baths and calamine lotion but I am wondering if there is anything else that I can do.... I feel so bad for her.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"></span></span>
 
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