Fifth Disease is a rash illness caused by Parvovirus B19. It is also called erythema infectiosum. It is most commonly seen in children and is so named because it was fifth on a list of common historical rash illnesses seen in children. Unfortunately it's contagious, but that's before you see the rash. So that may have been the reason for his prolonged fever even though he was on the antibiotics. The good news was he could go back to school since it wasn't contagious anymore. Apparently Fifth Disease was going around Ben's class in daycare the previous week, but we didn't know it because he was out with the Strep. Apparently he got it the previous week and it just took that long to see the rash present itself But we kept him home Tuesday anyway just because he looked awful.
Poor peanut. He was itching his face a little bit. I asked him if it itched and he said, "No." But when I asked why he kept scratching his face he said, "The bugs keep tickling me." Gotta love kids. He went back to school Wednesday even he still looked awful.
Now it's Monday again and he looks a lot better. Still has some residual rash to his arms, but his face, trunk, legs, and feet all look pretty normal. The good news is he'll have immunity to the virus in the future so we won't have to worry about future outbreaks.