Slapped Cheek Syndrome

Slapped cheek syndrome (fifth disease) is common in children and should clear up on its own within 3 weeks. It's hard to avoid spreading slapped cheek syndrome because most people don't know they have it until they get the rash. You can only it spread to other people before the rash appears. 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
  • headache


You don't usually need to see a GP for slapped cheek syndrome. Tell your midwife or GP if you're pregnant or have a weakened immune system and have been near someone with slapped cheek syndrome.

To read more about this condition please visit the NHS website.