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jpix7 posted:
My 7 yr-old granddaughter developed the symptoms everyone is describing here after a 3-week bout with 5th disease, aka slap-cheek-virus, aka B19 virus (as diagnosed by our doctor). After all other symptoms left and she was (is) feeling healthy and energetic, this itching which leaves the red welts like hives happened, and has kept on occurring for a whole month now. It is definitely listed as a side-effect or lingering symptom of this virus. The doctor said to give her children's Claritin every morning and use benedryl also if it gets worse (which has happened maybe 3-4 times a week). This helps but this just won't go away. When she rubs her eye, it gets red around it and leaves a welt on the side. If she scratches herself or rubs hard against something, it makes an itchy welt. This is so sad for a little girl to deal with.
Will it go away soon? Does anyone else relate this to this virus infection? Some people get almost no other symptoms with this 5th disease virus, so maybe some of the mystery itching could be a mild infection of 5th disease which left this miserable after-effect?
Mohiba K Tareen, MD responded:
Dear Jpix7,

It is always difficult to see your child uncomfortable. Viruses can trigger these symptoms quite commonly and the duration of the welts (often referred to as 'dermatographism') can range from a few weeks, to a few months, to long term. Most typically, the hypersensitivity is worst for the first 6 weeks following the viral infection and continues to improve after that. Your doctor is absolutely correct about the treatment.

Please keep us posted and I hope that this helps
Dr. Mohiba Tareen
Tareen Dermatology, Roseville, Minn
Castle Connoly's America's Top Cosmetic Dermatologists
Adjunct Assistant Professor Univ of MN Dept of Dermatology

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