Preventative Care

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about preventative care.

What is fifth disease?

Fifth disease is a sickness that comes along with a mild rash and is caused by parvovirus B19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Its symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Runny nose

Fifth disease is also known as “slapped cheek” rash because most often a red rash shows up on your face. The illness is more common in children than adults.

A second rash can also appear on your chest, back, butt, arms and legs. The rash can be itchy, and it usually goes away in seven to 10 days.

Some people with fifth disease – most commonly adult women – also have painful, swollen joints that can last weeks or months after you’ve been infected.  

For more information about fifth disease, talk to your doctor. 

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Source: Suzanne Bell, MD, Vandalia Family Care; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Timothy Markus, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Allison Mendenhall, PA-C, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Breanna Veal, PA-C, Walden Ponds Primary Care: James Halderman, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Christopher Lauricella, DO, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue, MD; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center, Tammy Taylor, DO, The Pediatric Group