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Fifth Disease

Alternate Names : Erythema Infectiosum

Fifth Disease | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the infection?

Fifth disease usually resolves on its own without treatment. Fever or joint pain may be relieved with over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen. Aspirin should never be given to children, since it increases the risk of Reye's syndrome. Cool baths or compresses may help relieve itching from the rash.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Medications used to relieve pain or fever may cause stomach upset or allergic reactions.

What happens after treatment for the infection?

The rash associated with fifth disease usually fades in one to two weeks. However, the rash may reappear following exposure to sunlight, heat, exercise, or stress. This does not mean that the illness has returned.

How is the infection monitored?

Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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Author: James Broomfield, MD
Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Date Reviewed: 08/09/01

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