What does fifth disease look like
- Bright red cheeks with pale skin around the mouth area
- A red lacy or bumpy rash that may occur on the chest area, abdomen and back, which may continue to spread to the extremities. It may be itchy.
- This rash may fluctuate from better to worse with temperature and/or weather changes. Sunlight may make the rash flare up.
- This rash may sometimes come and go for several months at a time.
- Fever is present in 25% of cases or more.
- Mild cold symptoms may occur in patients with fifth disease
- Some will experience headaches, body aches, and muscle aches.
- Some patients may have general aches and fevers, which resolve and then have the rash break out 1-3 weeks later.
- Some children may have a rash, with no other symptoms or fever whatsoever.
- Adults, especially the women, can experience joint pain and swelling.
- Some patients might come and then resolve without anyone even detecting it.