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Fifth Disease

Key Points about Fifth Disease

  • Fifth disease is a viral illness that causes a bright red rash on the cheeks. The rash can then spread to the body, arms and legs. The rash lasts 2 to 4 days.
  • Other symptoms can include runny nose, sore throat and low fever.
  • Fifth disease is spread from one child to another through direct contact with fluid from the nose and throat. It can also be spread through contact with infected blood.
  • Treatment may include medicine to reduce fever and discomfort.
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    • What are the possible complications of fifth disease?
    • When should I call my health care provider?
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    The Division of Dermatology at Children's National Hospital continues to expand services as more families seek our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.