Fifth disease, also known as slapped cheek disease, is an infection caused by a virus. It is so named because Fifth disease was the fifth pink-red rash in childhood to be described by doctors. It usually occurs in the winter and spring, but a child can become ill with the disease any time of the year.
What are the possible symptoms?
Your child may not feel ill, but may have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Low grade fever
- Tiredness, runny nose, sore throat
- Flushed cheeks (looks like the face has been slapped)
- Rash on the arms, legs, and body that may last up to 3-6 weeks. Sometimes the rash can come and go for weeks. It can happen more if your child is in the sun, or becomes warm.