Fifth Disease - Cause - Symptoms - Diagnosis - Treatment - Information
Fifth disease is a viral illness with mild symptoms and a blotchy rash. The rash begins on the cheeks and spreads to the arms and legs. Fifth disease is caused by human parvovirus B19. It often affects preschoolers or school-age children during the spring.
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Fifth disease is an acute viral disease characterized by mild symptoms and a blotchy rash beginning on the cheeks and spreading to the extremities.
Parvovirus B19 (Fifth Disease)
An adult who is not immune can be infected with parvovirus B19 and either have no symptoms or develop the typical rash of fifth disease, joint pain or swelling, or both. Usually, joints on both sides of the body are affected. The joints most frequently affected are the hands, wrists, and knees, from CDC.
Fifth disease (Parvovirus)
Fifth disease (also known as "erythema infectiosum" and "slap cheek") is so named because in the pre-vaccination era, it was frequently the "fifth disease" that a child would develop. About 50% of adults have been infected with the virus but do not remember having it because it often does not cause symptoms, from MedicineNet.