The immune system is still developing during childhood, which means children can be more susceptible to certain illnesses. Aiken Urgent Care treats a wide range of these childhood illnesses, including:
Hand, foot and mouth disease
Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common viral infection that usually begins in the throat. It is most common in infants and children under five years old, but older children and even adults can also get HFMD. Generally, HFMD is not a serious condition and most people recover on their own. Symptoms may include fever, headache, sore throat, ulcers in the throat, mouth and tongue, and a rash on the hands, feet or diaper area.
Fifth disease is also a viral infection that mostly affects children. It can cause a fever, runny nose, headache and a red rash on the face that looks like a “slapped cheek.” This rash is the most recognizable symptom of fifth disease. Fifth disease is usually mild and goes away on its own.
Chickenpox is a highly contagious infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It usually affects children under the age of 15, but older children and even adults can also get chickenpox. The main symptom is an itchy rash that can spread across the entire body. Other symptoms can include fever, headache, fatigue and loss of appetite. Chickenpox is usually mild, but in some cases can cause serious issues. A chickenpox vaccine can help prevent most cases.
Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a respiratory infection caused by bacteria. Whooping cough can cause uncontrollable, violent coughing that can make breathing difficult. Whooping cough is most common in infants and children and it can be a very serious, even fatal, condition. A vaccine can help prevent most cases.