What Are Symptoms of Fifth Disease?


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Symptoms of fifth disease, or erythema infectiosum, include tiredness, a low-grade temperature and a rash on the face that is similar to the irregularly shaped, bright red mark that remains on the cheeks after a slap, notes MedicineNet. A rash appears on other parts of the body as well.

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Although this viral infection is usually not serious for most children, for those whose immune symptoms are compromised, its impact on the body's ability to produce red blood cells can be life threatening, according to MedicineNet. Adults contract the disease much less often than children, but they usually suffer additional symptoms that mimic arthritis such as redness, swelling and joint pain that may continue long after all other symptoms have subsided.

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