Just a couple of reminders:
As mentioned earlier, parvovirus B19 only infects humans. Hence, you cannot pass it to animals. Also, animal parvo is not transmissible to humans.
Signs and Symptoms of Human Parvovirus
Human Parvovirus typically does not produce signs and symptoms. If it does, then it greatly depends on your age and general health condition.
Symptoms in Children
The most striking symptom in children is the red rash on both of the cheeks. It may then spread to the trunk and limbs, looking bright pink and raised. The rash may also feel itchy, especially the ones at the soles of the feet.
In many cases, the slapped cheek appearance happens towards the end of the disease. But it can also appear and reappear within three weeks or look worse when the child is exposed to extreme temperature and/or a lot of stress. Parents can mistake the rash as another disease or allergy.
Other symptoms in kids may include:
- Upset tummy
- Runny nose
Symptoms in Adults
The slapped-cheek symptom typically does not occur in adults. In most cases, their symptoms mostly revolve around joint soreness in the wrists, hands, knees, and ankles.