Slapped cheek syndromeOverview


Slapped cheek syndrome is an infection that mainly affects children. It can cause the cheeks to turn bright red.


The main symptom of slapped cheek syndrome is a bright red rash on both cheeks.


Slapped cheek syndrome usually goes away on its own. You can ease symptoms with things like painkillers, moisturisers and antihistamines.


Slapped cheek syndrome can spread to other people by coughing or sneezing near them, or by touching contaminated objects.

Page last reviewed: 12/01/2018
Next review due: 12/01/2021