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1. Herpes labialis

• Is usually caused by herpes simplex type 2

• May be triggered by illness, menstruation, stress or sunshine

• Is experienced by 10% of the population at some time

• Recurs on average two or three times a year

• Is markedly improved by aciclovir cream

2. Verrucas

• Resolve after a year in 25% of cases

• Are caused by the human papilloma virus

• Can have an incubation period of anything up to two years

• Affect up to 10% of the population at any one time

• Are more common in patients with psoriasis

3. Erythema infectiosum

• Is no longer infectious once the rash has appeared

• May cause arthralgia, especially in adults

• Occurs mainly in school age children

• In pregnancy can cause miscarriage or hydrops fetalis

• Is a disease to which 90% of 20-year-olds are immune

4. Chicken pox

• Is caused by varicella zoster virus

• Has an incubation period of seven to 14 days

• Can be complicated by pneumonia or encephalitis

• Should lead to school exclusion for 10 days from the onset of the rash

• Can be caught from a patient with shingles

Answers Herpes labialis Verrucas Erythema infectiosum Chicken pox

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