Your doctor will examine you physically and inquire about any symptoms you may be having and the medications you are currently taking. Since the illness is frequently asymptomatic (has no signs) or remarkably benign (mild), testing is typically avoided.
If you are at high risk for issues and your doctor believes you have parvovirus B19 infection, your blood, bone marrow, amniotic fluid, or blood from the fetal cord may be tested. They could examine your blood for antibodies if they think you may have had it previously.
If you’re expecting, your doctor could advise further ultrasounds to monitor the development of your fetus.
A parvovirus B19 infection often has a self-limiting course and will go away independently. There is no need for therapy for kids or adults who are typically healthy. But you might want to try these things first:
- Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) to get relief from your fever and headache
- For joint discomfort and swelling, use ibuprofen (Advil), a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine.
- Get adequate rest and a lot of water.
Your unborn child can require a transfusion of fetus blood if they experience severe anemia or hydrops fetalis. Miscarriage and stillbirth are rare possibilities.