Fifth Disease


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Comment from: Annie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

I began my journey with parvovirus B19 on August 16, 2021. I had swollen sore ankles with the characteristic rash of fifth disease, as well as swollen backs of knees. Had low-grade fever and diarrhea. The feet and knees have resolved, but the feet are tingly, the diarrhea, cramping and fever continued until about a week ago. The fever has resolved but I am fatigued towards evening and still have occasional diarrhea and cramping. After visiting 5 doctors, no one really diagnosed me.

Comment from: Nina , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

I started with body aches. I thought it was cold or I had stress. I was so tired. One day I touched my neck and realized my lymph nodes around my neck were swelling. Next day I developed rash in my arms (both). I thought I ate something and developed allergy so I had Benadryl for a day and next morning the rash didn’t go away but it was in my legs and part of my back. So I ran to the emergency room. They diagnosed me with fifth disease. Next day my feet and hand were swelling and I had terrible joint pain all over.

Comment from: Mom, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 05

My 4 year old daughter caught fifth disease. She had a very mild cold for 2 weeks beforehand (just some mild congestion and coughing) and then developed a rash when the cold disappeared. It started on a Friday morning on her cheeks and neck. That evening my mom gave her a bath and noticed it all over her torso. It looked better the next morning, but then Sunday morning it was on her limbs. She did not complain about itching until Monday night, on her feet.

Comment from: Saidy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

My two daughters had fifth disease, very typical cases with distinctive slapped cheeks, lacy body rash and high temperatures. Then I started to feel tired, exhausted really. I tried walking the dog and arrived home like I’d climbed a mountain. I woke the next day to a rash all over and swollen knees, wrists, feet and shoulders, abdominal pain and finding it hard to walk. This is day 3 and I am still not better.

Comment from: Preschool teacher, 55-64 Female Published: February 19

I am a preschool teacher and I contracted Fifth Disease over a year ago. I began to feel bad a few days after a student sneezed on me. I developed a rash on my face, chest, and arms. My knees and elbows were swollen to almost twice their size and hurt tremendously. I was in so much pain that I finally went to the emergency room, I was immediately admitted to the hospital and was there almost a week. After many blood tests, I was diagnosed with Human Parvovirus B19. I have had a couple of other illnesses over the past few months and my doctor feels fairly certain that they all are a result of the Fifth disease. Needless to say, I feel that this is no minor illness for adults.

Comment from: Theresa, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 10

I started with a terrible headache for two days. Then I woke up not able to move my wrists or turn my head because my neck was stiff. The next day I couldn't lift my arms up over my head and my feet and knees felt achy. The doctors did an MRI of my head and neck. I was tested for Lyme and several other illnesses. Finally a week and a half later the blood tests revealed that I had parvovirus. Four weeks later I am feeling much better but still experiencing tingling and soreness in my hands and wrists. Cannot wait for this virus to be gone!

Comment from: DANDANRORO, 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 31

My 3-year-old has developed Fifth Disease. He came down with a cold 3 days ago, had a fever for one day. Today he was diagnosed with Fifth Disease. He started with red cheeks and the following day, a rash had developed on his back, shoulders and top of his arms. The following day, the rash looked like it had mapped itself together on his back, tummy and arms. He is running around the place with no sickness only a small cough.

Comment from: swollen, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 31

I got it in my late thirties. It swelled up all my joints. I had to wear slippers because my feet were so swollen. All of my joints were so painful.

Comment from: 3-6 Male Published: March 27

My five-year-old son is at the tail end of fifth disease. He was fine one night when I put him to bed the next morning he had a sore throat, a cold, and a fever. He was in bed for two days. On the third day, his fever broke but got a rash all over his chest and back then it went up his neck, down his arms and on his hands and cheeks. The fever came back. Finally after six days the fever is totally gone and the rash is going away. I think his case was mild. I am just hoping there are no long term side effects from it.


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Comment from: Gram on deck, Female (Caregiver) Published: March 11

Four kids of a family of five kids, plus Mom, are down with 5th disease! I guess the fifth kid will get it too then! Some of the kids are in stages of improvement, some are not! This is tough on Mom. Today one of the kids got a very itchy hive on her chest area. The others haven't mentioned a rash. Mom has been the most ill.

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