SYMPTOMS: The illness may begin with a mild fever and symptoms of headache, tiredness, and general muscle aching. This lasts for a few days and is followed by a characteristic rash. The rash may start as a very red rash on the cheeks, making the face look like it has been slapped. One to 4 days later, a red, lace-like rash appears, first on the arms, and then on the rest of the body. The rash may last from 1 to 3 weeks or more. The illness is often mild and children may not even feel sick. Some children do not get a rash. Adults usually get a more severe case, with fever and painful joints.
Contact your doctor if your child has a temperature greater than 102 F (38.9 C) or if you have other concerns.
Also, contact your physician if your child has Fifth Disease and you are pregnant or immunocompromised.
CONTAGIOUS PERIOD: Fifth Disease is most contagious before the onset of the rash. It is not contagious after the rash appears.
TREATMENT:The infection will run its course and no treatment is needed.PREVENTION: