Re: 5th disease anyone heard of this??
Symptoms develop 4 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Initial symptoms usually resemble a mild flu, sometimes followed by a bright red rash on the face, and later a blotchy rash on the body. The rash usually fades within 2 to 5 days and may reappear with exposure to sunlight, warm temperatures, or stress.
Joint pain and swelling, lasting several weeks or even months, and headache may also occur. Adults develop these symptoms more often than children.
During outbreaks of fifth disease, as many as 50% of infected people do not develop a rash and approximately 25% of people infected do not have any symptoms.
In uncomplicated cases, home treatment (including rest, fluids, and pain relievers) is usually the only care needed for fifth disease. If complications develop, close monitoring by a health professional or hospitalization may be required.
This is what i copied from a website. My daughter had this when she was 3, it was gone pretty quickly and she really didn't have any noticable side effects other than a bright red rash from her knees to her belly button (looked worse than it was i think, it didn't seem to bother her). From what i remember from i read i think it is very common and i know from with my daughter it really didn't stick around long.