Fifth Disease is a viral infection of the integumentary system, which is the system of the body that involves the skin. It got its name from being the fifth of skin infections. It can't be spread to animals. It is also referred to as erythema infection. Usually, fifth disease isn't acute or chronic, but instead, it's mild, only lasting for a few days. It usually occurs in children. The children can either a red rash, or they can have pain and swelling of the joints. The pain and swelling occurs much less often. However, It can be more chronic with adults, if they have joint pain. It can be acute for pregnant women. The pregnant woman has a larger chance of having a stillbirth, if they have fifth disease. The disease spreads from fluids in the nose or mouth, from coughing or sneezing. Several days after developing symptoms of the virus, a child may have flu like symptoms, and a mild fever. The treatment options are to take advil or Tylenol. This relieves the pain of the rash. Adults, if they experience pain and swelling, can take anti inflammatory drugs. This disease usually goes away by itself. Within four to fourteen days, a person usually experiences the system. People may also have headaches with this virus. There is no percent showing how common fifth disease is, but it's more common in children than adults. The rash lasts one to three weeks, at most.
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