Conditions

Slapped Cheek Syndrome

Slapped cheek syndrome

It sounds like something our grandparents might have got for not tidying up their bedroom, and Slapped Cheek syndrome does often make it look as if you’ve had exactly that – a light smack across the face. In fact, it’s a viral infection which gives rise to a sore-looking red rash on the cheeks. In some cases other areas of the body will also show a blotchy red rash. Sometimes it brings with it the symptoms of a cold or fever, but lots of people with Slapped Cheek don’t experience any other major problems at all.

The condition is very common but it isn’t serious, and although it can affect anyone at any time in their life, you’re most likely to see it in kids aged three to 15, particularly during the winter. The virus is infectious so you can catch it from other people. Slapped Cheek spreads in much the same way as colds of flu – through coughs and sneezes which release their germs into the air. Slapped Cheek can last for anything from a few days to a few weeks, but by the time your cheeks are sore, the virus will already be passing out of your body.

The condition is sometimes referred to as ‘fifth disease’, and the virus which causes it (called parovirus B19) affects between 50 and 80 per cent of all adults. Unless you have another condition, such as the blood disorder sickle cell anaemia, treatment isn’t always necessary, and the best news is that once you’ve caught the virus, your immune system will develop its own defence and you’ll never suffer from it again.

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My daughter was diagnosed with slapped cheek 2months ago. She still keeps comng up with bright raw red cheeks exactly the same as when she had the original rash. I saw that it does fade in and out for a few weeks but surely it should have cleared by now. Any ideas if this is still connected to slapped cheek or something new.





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My 1year old has just been diagnosed with slapped cheek. The poor thing has been so ill with it. High temps.loss of appetite, she also has flu-like symptoms. Shes hsd it for around a week now -the visible signs anyway. Just the usual treatment of paracetamol to help ease symptoms.





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Hi my name is paige and i am 13 the time when i relized i had slapped ceeks is when i got out of the bath and i was having headaces and went all dizzy i started to get red blotches on my ceeks and that is then i looked it up of what it looked like thats when i founed out. Xxxxxxxxxxxx





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My daughter has been diagnosed with this at the age of 6 - I can honestly say that I have never known her to be so ill - she hasnt moved for 4 days off the sofa, she hasnt eaten and has had a temperature of 38.8 for two.days - ive been so worried, such a nasty viral bug, apparently its not normallly this bad, but shes had a severe case :( including a bad throat stomach ache leg ache headache and the terrible rash x





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My 3 year old grandson looks as if he may have this. His cheeks are extremely sore but look shiny and burnt, similar to when a blister has burst.He also has a runny nose which only adds to the soreness, especially when trying to wipe his nose. Is there anything, other than a moisteriser that tends to sting, which anyone can suggest to alleviate the discomfort?





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Vaseline greatly helps with sore noses x

Hi My baby is 10 month old On fri doctor said as slapped cheek But people tell me say in the house but have 3 other child don't have it but doc never told me Keep way from people or say inn the house ??? Can anyone help plz what should do ?





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Your doctor should have told you that the infectious part of slapped cheek has passed by the time the rash came out. But your other kids may get it as far away as 20 days time. But now the rash has appeared you can go outdoors but the child may still need rest.My son has got it at the moment he was in contact with someone at school that had it 14 days ago. Hope this will help.

I was 11/12 when I got this disease I started getting headaches all the time and I had a high temperature so I went to the doc when I realised there was giant patch of red on my cheeks and it turned out I had slapped cheek x Liya





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My 2yr old daughter has a red blotchy rash on her legs one leg being really bad and the other just a few spots her tummy has dry rashy skin we thought it was eczema to start with but slowly the rash has got worse just on one leg she has a slight cough and sniffles can anyone help please





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My son is 15 his face has looked as if someone slapped him since he was a toddler. He has bumps all over his body but they are not red like the picture I have seen on the internet.I have never thought about what it could be?! could he have the slapped cheek disease for 15 years??? or what would it be??!!





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I think my 4yr old daughter has recently had this. It started off as cold like sysmptoms inc raised temp to which she was kept off nursery. Then we had just come bk to school after a school outing and her face was bright red and hot to touch but she was ok in herself. We all noticed it including the teachers but just put it down to her being hot few days later she had a rash on her legs same size shape ans place on each leg. Again put it down to heat rash. Few weeks later she started suffering with adominal pain and aching limbs. We put that down to growing pains. I'd never heard of slapped cheek before and I think this is what my daughter had. After about a month all symptoms subsided and she's fine.





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Slapped cheek syndrome is a common childhood viral infection. However, it can affect people of all ages. The most common symptom of slapped cheek syndrome is the appearance of a bright red rash on both cheeks (hence the name). Slapped cheek syndrome is cause by a virus called parvovirus B19. Read More »