Which medications are used for symptom relief in parvovirus B19 (B19V) infection?

Updated: Oct 11, 2019
  • Author: David J Cennimo, MD, FAAP, FACP, AAHIVS; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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In patients with postinfectious arthritis, acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) usually provide symptomatic relief. Because the use of aspirin in children with other viral illnesses has been associated with Reye syndrome, aspirin use is not recommended in children with B19V infection. If children have pruritus from the parvovirus B19 rash, oral antihistamines (eg, diphenhydramine) and starch baths typically provide relief.


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