A 21-year-old member asked:
As an adult, can i catch fifth disease?
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Pediatrics 50 years experience
Certainly yes: Erythema infectiosum, commonly known as fifth disease, is most often a trivial childhood illness. However, if an adult who never had it before catches this viral illness, it can be way more serious. Prolonged arthritis is one of well known complications. Infected pregnant woman passes the virus to her baby resulting in hydrops fetalis/congenital anemia.
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Dermatology 38 years experience
Yes : Most common in the child but can be seen in adults.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
What are the symptoms of having fifth disease for adults?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Usually no rash...: But fever and small joint pains, especially of the hands can occur.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
How long do the symptoms of fifth disease last in adults?
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Emergency Medicine 32 years experience
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