What's Going Around: Fifth Disease

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) Heading into the last week of October, doctors have been seeing a lot of children with Fifth Disease, also known as Slapped Face Syndrome.

Dr. Dennis Perry at McLaren Greater Lansing Primary Care says the viral rash is most common in late winter and early spring. Symptoms include a fever, headache, stuffy nose, red eyes, sore throat, diarrhea and achy joints.

A few days after those symptoms pass,a bright red rash will appear on the face and it looks like the child has been slapped on the cheek. The rash then spreads to other parts of the body. Dr. Perry says most children will recover quickly with no complications.

If your child gets the rash, and the other symptoms haven't gone away, see a doctor. Fifth disease is not treatable with antibiotics.

To speed up recovery, Dr. Perry recommends getting a lot of rest and staying hydrated. The rash usually lasts one to three weeks.