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What is slapped cheek disease?
Slapped cheek disease, or fifth disease, is a common childhood illness caused by an infection with a virus called erythrovirus, or parvovirus B19.
What causes slapped cheek disease?
A virus called erythrovirus or parvovirus B19 causes slapped cheek disease.
Who gets slapped cheek disease?
Children four to 10 years of age are most commonly affected by slapped cheek disease. However, the disease can also appear in older children, teenagers and adults.
How is slapped cheek disease diagnosed?
Slapped cheek disease is usually diagnosed by its signs, especially the rash. If necessary, blood tests can be done to confirm a diagnosis.
Will the slapped cheek disease clear up on its own?
Slapped cheek disease will clear up on its own within a few weeks as the virus is cleared from the body.
What can be done at home to treat slapped cheek disease ?
Bed rest, plenty of fluids and, if required, medication against fever or aching, can help relieve symptoms of slapped cheek disease if they're too troublesome.
Is slapped cheek disease contagious?
Slapped cheek disease is very contagious, and many people the world over have been exposed to it.
About this article
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