Slapped cheek is a viral illness which is also known as fifth disease or erythema infectiosum and is caused by a virus known as parvovirus B19. It has many of the same sort of symptoms of the flu as other viral illnesses which I’ll describe more here but also a characteristic rash on the cheeks which leaves them looking as if they have been slapped, and also a faint recurring red rash on the body is possible. Continue reading
Hand foot and mouth disease can affect any age group but is most common in children under ten years of age. They are most likely to catch it in the Summer or Autumn. It should not be confused with foot and mouth disease which is a viral infection which affects animals such as cattle, sheep and pigs.
Hand foot and mouth disease is a viral infection most commonly caused by the following viruses: Continue reading