U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 21-year-old member asked:

As an adult, can i catch fifth disease?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
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.
Dr. Michael Tomeo
Dermatology 38 years experience
Yes : Most common in the child but can be seen in adults.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Similar questions

A 46-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of having fifth disease for adults?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Usually no rash...: But fever and small joint pains, especially of the hands can occur.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How long do the symptoms of fifth disease last in adults?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Gregory Tichenor
Emergency Medicine 32 years experience
Weeks: Fifth disease can cause sore joints for weeks in adults. This will usually go away without any serious problems; however, pregnant women and people with sickle cell disease can have severe consequences from fifth disease.

Related questions

A 52-year-old female asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 47-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
A 44-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
A 30-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 25-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Jan 7, 2019
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.