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Fifth Disease (cont.)

What Are Treatment Options for Fifth Disease?

For most healthy children, supportive care for symptoms at home (such as fever and mild aches) is all that is needed. Children should limit their activities until they feel better.

What Specialists Treat Fifth Disease?

Pediatricians and family practice physicians are generally the primary doctors who treat patients with fifth disease.

How Do Health-Care Professionals Diagnose Fifth Disease?

The doctor can make a diagnosis by taking a medical history and performing a physical exam. The classic rash is often the key. Blood testing or other specialized tests are usually not required.

Are There Home Remedies for Fifth Disease?

Home care is geared toward relieving symptoms.

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Take acetaminophen (Tylenol, for example) to control the fever. Avoid aspirin due to the risk of developing Reye's syndrome in a child with fever.
  • Wash your hands, and take care not to spread the virus.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/10/2016

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