Other conditions with symptoms similar to fifth disease

Fifth disease is often confused with other conditions with similar symptoms, including:

  • Viral infections that produce a rash, such as German measles (rubella) or scarlet fever.
  • Allergic reactions that cause a rash, such as reactions to medications or other substances.
  • Diseases that affect the joints, such as arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus.

Last Updated: March 3, 2009

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