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Where does the rash appear when you have fifth disease?

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Dr. Howard Gollup
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In brief: Cheeks; arms/thighs

Fifth's disease, a viral infection caused by a virus.
The rash starts brightly on the cheeks, often described as a "slapped cheek appearance". In a few days, a lighter, lacy looking rash appears on the upper arms, legs, & upper chest. By then, the child is no longer contagious. Unless there are certain blood disorders, it causes minimal symptoms. Exposed pregnant women should inform their doctor.

In brief: Cheeks; arms/thighs

Fifth's disease, a viral infection caused by a virus.
The rash starts brightly on the cheeks, often described as a "slapped cheek appearance". In a few days, a lighter, lacy looking rash appears on the upper arms, legs, & upper chest. By then, the child is no longer contagious. Unless there are certain blood disorders, it causes minimal symptoms. Exposed pregnant women should inform their doctor.
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