Treating slapped cheek syndrome 

There is no vaccination for slapped cheek syndrome. For most people, the infection is usually a mild illness, which quickly passes without the need for treatment.

There are various self-care techniques that you can use to help relieve symptoms. These are explained below.

  • Painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, can be used to relieve symptoms, such as a high temperature, headache and joint pain. Children aged 16 or under should not take aspirin.
  • Antihistamines can be used to relieve the symptoms of itchy skin. Some antihistamines are not suitable for children younger than two, so check with your pharmacist beforehand.
  • Another way to soothe itchy skin is to use an emollient (moisturising lotion).
  • Make sure that you (or your child) get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids as this will help to relieve the symptoms of sore throat and a high temperature.
  • Adults who develop joint pain can be treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen.

Page last reviewed: 29/01/2014

Next review due: 29/01/2016