Slapped Cheeks & Bad Nights: Update

Slapped Cheeks & Bad Nights: Update

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By Dr Irwin Lim, Rheumatologist

The effects of Parvovirus B19 infection, I assume, are still affecting my body.

I've been feeling lethargic. Over the weekend, I then developed a red rash over both lower legs and around my elbows. This rash was warm to touch and itchy.

This morning, I felt pain at both heels as I got out of bed with a tightness around both ankles. The ankles looked a little swollen and I needed to ditch my usual work shoes, ankle boots, given how tight they felt.

Anti-inflammatory medication was called upon and by mid-morning, life was more comfortable.

My wife then emailed me some photos. Our eldest, C, was the latest in our family, to welcome the infection.

Slapped Cheek syndrome.

Dr Irwin Lim is a rheumatologist and a director of BJC Health.

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