Treatment for high-risk groups
People who have impaired immune systemsor certain blood disorders (such as sickle cell diseaseor thalassemia) are at high risk for having complicationsfrom fifth disease. They need close monitoring by a doctor after exposure or if they develop symptoms of infection. Medical treatment for complicationssometimes requires hospitalization.
If you are pregnant and have been exposed to the virusthat causes fifth disease, your doctor may recommend blood tests to see if you are infected or if you are immune. If you are infected, your doctor may recommend frequent fetal ultrasoundsthroughout your pregnancy to monitor your fetus's condition.