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Slapped Cheek Symptons

Slapped cheek virus symptoms are wide and reaching - here are the main ones.

Early Stage symptoms

It's a difficult virus to detect because in the early stages the symptoms are mild.

Generally the disease peaks every 3 to 7 years like an epidemic so there will be most years without anything and then there is an outbreak. If you have any concerns avoid the areas where most of the outbreak is going to occur - ie: young children ages 5 to 14.

Main symptoms

If there are children at school with the virus your child may likely catch it. The early stage symptoms are associated with a mild fever like a headache and a feeling of being run down. Other elements will include a sore throat and a runny nose.

In some cases your child may get a feeling of nausea, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. It is at this stage that your child carries the virus and could infect other children - therefore you should keep your children away from others and from school because it could affect pregnant women.

After 5 - 10 days the cheeks of the child will go red, like a rash. This is the obvious sign your child has the slapp cheek virus and your child can no longer pass the virus onto others.

After 2 to 4 days the rash will disappear.

Once you have had the disease you are immune for life.

If you are pregnant you need to pay extra attention. Ask you doctor for a blood test if necessary to see if you are immune from slapped cheek.

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