Symptoms usually show up 4 to 14 days after a child is exposed to the disease. About 4 in 5 infected children have very mild symptoms for about a week before getting the rash. About 1 in 5 will have no symptoms at all before the rash appears. Children are most contagious before the rash occurs, before they know they have the disease.
Early symptoms are usually very mild. These may include:
A rash is usually the main symptom of fifth disease. The rash:
The symptoms of fifth disease can be like other health conditions. Make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is. Because it is caused by a virus, antibiotics will not help your child.
The goal of treatment is to help ease symptoms. Treatment may include:
Talk with your child’s healthcare providers about the risks, benefits, and possible side effects of all medicines. Don't give ibuprofen to a child younger than 6 months old, unless your healthcare provider tells you to. Don't give aspirin to children. Aspirin can cause a serious health condition called Reye syndrome.
The best ways to keep fifth disease from spreading include:
Call the healthcare provider if your child has:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider: