Hand-foot-mouth disease

  • Viral infection that may affect the entire body
  • Symptoms may include mouth ulcers, sore throat, rash and small blisters on the skin
  • Commonly spread by contact with contaminated feces or direct contact with infected saliva or lesions on the skin
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but most common in children less than 10 years of age
  • May be mild to severe depending on the virus involved
  • Complications may become life threatening in rare cases

GENERAL THERAPY

  • Resolves in 7 to 14 days
  • Contagious for the course of illness (7-10 days)
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Encourage cool fluids, small pieces of ice (not small enough to choke on!), pop sickles, and ice cream
  • Get plenty of rest
  • After meals, rinse mouth
  • Have child rinse mouth with salt-water if able to do so without swallowing

 

Over-the-counter medicines (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):

  • Acetaminophen
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

 

DIET

  • Avoid acidic or spicy foods
  • Avoid salty foods

 

PRECAUTIONS AND AVOIDANCES

  • Do not give Aspirin to anyone under 20 years of age
  • Virus remains in stools for up to 2 months after out break
  • Be cautious and use good hygiene for several months
  • Avoid contact with others while infected
  • Wear protective gloves when applying medicine to blisters
  • Wipe all common areas with diluted bleach

 

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