Fifth Disease | Treatment


How is fifth disease treated?

Most cases of fifth disease are mild, so the only treatment needed is that which relieves the symptoms.

Fever and flu symptoms in children can be treated with acetaminophen (brand name: Tylenol).

Adults who have joint pain or swelling may need to rest and restrict activity. They also may want to take medicines like acetaminophen, aspirin or ibuprofen (brand names: Advil, Motrin) if recommended by their doctor. Avoid giving children and teens under 18 aspirin because it can cause a serious illness called Reye's syndrome.

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 08/09