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Fifth Disease Remedies

Fifth disease is an illness caused by the parvovirus B19. The cold-like symptoms are usually self limited and are commonly followed by a rash. Natural remedies for fifth disease are used to support the immune system and relieve discomfort of common symptoms. Home treatments include apple cider vinegar, vitamin C and Epsom salt baths.

Fifth disease is the common name for erythema infectiosum. It is also referred to as the “slapped cheek” disease since the rash that accompanies the disease often affects the cheeks of the face and resembles slap marks.

Symptoms of fifth disease typically begin 4-14 days after exposure to the parvovirus B19.  At first fifth disease appears to be “just a cold.” Fever, runny nose, malaise, sore throat, nausea and headache are common. A week or so after the initial cold like symptoms begin, a rash can appear on the face. Within a few days, a lace like rash may appear on other parts of the body. The rash may cause itching or pain. Rashes can come and go for up to 2-3 weeks. Once the rash appears, a person is usually no longer contagious. A more serious complication of fifth disease is joint pain or anemia. ...

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