Slapped Cheek

  • Introduction 

    Slapped cheek syndrome (fifth disease) is common in children and should clear up on its own within 3 weeks. It’s rarer in adults, but can be more serious.

    The first sign of slapped cheek syndrome is usually feeling unwell for a few days.

    Symptoms may include:

    • a high temperature of 38C or more
    • a runny nose and sore throat
    • a headache
  • A bright red rash may appear on both cheeks. It may look as if the cheeks have been slapped. Adults do not usually get the rash. A few days later, a lighter-coloured rash may appear on the chest, arms and legs. The skin is raised and can be itchy.

    How long it lasts

    The cheek rash normally fades within 2 weeks. The body rash also fades within 2 weeks, but sometimes comes and goes for up to a month, especially if you’re exercising, hot, anxious or stressed.

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    Information from NHS Website