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Coronavirus Update:What patients and families need to know

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 two to four 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.
  • What is fifth disease?
  • What causes fifth disease?
  • Who is at risk for fifth disease?
  • What are the symptoms of fifth disease?
  • How is fifth disease diagnosed?
  • How can I help prevent fifth disease?
  • How is fifth disease treated?
  • What are the possible complications of fifth disease?
  • When should I call my health care provider?