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What are the symptoms of slapped cheek disease?

The symptoms of slapped cheek disease usually appear about four to 14 days after infection. One in five people infected with the virus have no symptoms at all and may not know they've been infected. Early symptoms of fifth disease resemble cold-like symptoms. They can include mild fever, headache, a sore throat, sneezing and coughing, muscle aches, a runny nose and tiredness. A few days after the early symptoms appear, they begin to reduce. At this point, a distinctive red rash usually appears on the cheeks. In some cases, the facial rash is followed by a body rash. It usually appears on the arms and legs and sometimes on the chest and back as well. The body rash goes away naturally after a week or two.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 22 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Slapped cheek disease


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