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Here is a quick mnemonic ” PARVOVIRUS “ to remember about the Erythema Infectiosum rash

Erythema infectiosum, also known as fifth disease or slapped cheek syndrome, is a viral infection caused by parvovirus B19. It is most commonly seen in children between the ages of 5 and 15 years, although it can affect people of all ages. The infection is usually mild and self-limiting, resolving on its own without treatment.

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Erythema Infectiosum Rash : How To Remember Easily ?

  • P – Parvovirus B19 causes a bright-red “slapped-cheeks” appearance.
  • A – Appearance of lacy reticular rash that waxes and wanes over 3 weeks.
  • R – Rarely, papular-purpuric “gloves-and-socks” syndrome occurs on hands and feet.
  • V – Very common among children aged 3-12 years old.
  • O – Occurs predominantly in winter and spring.
  • V – Viral infection often accompanied by mild fever.
  • I – In adults, parvovirus B19 can cause arthritis.
  • R – Rash appears following the resolution of fever.
  • U – Unforgettable mnemonic for understanding parvovirus B19.
  • S – Syndrome with various clinical manifestations caused by this virus.


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Dr. Arin Nandi

Passionate About Medical Science & Helping Future Doctors Achieve Top Ranks In Medical Exams. He is professionally a dentist as well as a public health expert from JIPMER (1), (2)working in health department