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Fifth Disease (cont.)

Fifth Disease Symptoms and Signs

  • Fifth disease usually starts with a mild vague illness and nonspecific symptoms. Fever occurs 15%-30% of the time, along with nasal congestion and drainage, sore throat, fatigue, muscle aches, and a headache. This lasts for several days.
  • Then, seven to 10 days later, the characteristic facial rash ("slapped cheeks" appearance) develops abruptly. Typically, the facial rash is bright red. The child looks as if a hand has been slapped across his or her face. This rash fades within approximately four days.
  • A light pink rash begins on the arms, then spreads to the trunk, buttocks, and thighs. This gradually fades to a lace-like pattern, then clears.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/26/2013

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