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Slapped cheek syndrome


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The main symptom of slapped cheek syndrome is a rash on 1 or both cheeks. It may be harder to see on brown and black skin.

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.

Slapped cheek syndrome is an infection that mainly affects children. It usually causes a rash on the cheeks.

Page last reviewed: 18/02/2021
Next review due: 18/02/2024