Slapped Cheek

  • Introduction 

    Slapped cheek syndrome (also known as “fifth disease” or erythema infectiosum) is a type of viral infection that is most common in children, although it can affect anyone of any age. 

    Slapped cheek syndrome usually affects children aged between six and 10 years. Most cases develop during the late winter months or early spring.

    In children, the most common symptom is the appearance of a distinctive bright red rash on the cheeks. This is how the condition got its name.

    Although many symptoms of slapped cheek syndrome are similar to other conditions, most cases can be diagnosed by examining the rash. Usually, no further testing is necessary in children.

    Read more information about the symptoms of slapped cheek syndrome.

    Information from NHS Website