- Viral rash that starts with red cheeks and spreads to the shoulders
Symptoms of Fifth Disease
- Bright red cheeks on both sides for 1 to 3 days. Looks like "slapped cheeks".
- Followed by pink "lace-like" (net-like) rash of arms and legs.
- "Lacy" rash mainly is on thighs and upper arms/shoulders.
- Rash also is on chest and stomach in 50% of children.
- The rash does not itch or hurt.
- No fever or low-grade one less than 102° F (39° C).
- Peak age: 4 -12 years.
Cause of Fifth Disease
- It is caused by the human parvovirus B19.
- Not related to the dog parvovirus.
Prevent Spread to Others
- Good hand washing can prevent spread of this illness.
- Once the rash occurs, the child can no longer spread the virus.