Hand Foot Mouth disease

This is a condition that I personally have had but never really thought twice about until I saw it first-hand in the pharmacy.

Hand Foot and Mouth Disease!

Sounds terrible. In reality not so!

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Source: Google of course!

What is it?

An infection caused by the: coxsackievirus

How did I catch it?

chances are you (or your child) walked into someone’s sneeze path (lol I made that up but it sounds cool) or contracted it sharing a harmless looking crayon at day-care

It can also spread via the oral-fecal route which is fancy for saying YOU DIDN’T WASH YOUR HANDS!

How do I treat it?

  1. Do not bust the blisters. This will only spread the disease to others!
  2. Fever: give paracetamol or ibuprofen (avoid aspirin in kids)
  3. Hydrate: sores/ulcers in the mouth can discourage kids (and adults) from eating or drinking. Instead offer sips of water or electrolytes e.g. Hydralyte
  4. Wait it out…the virus goes away after 4-7 days. No antibiotics are not effective against viruses. No vaccines exist at this point

How to prevent the contagion?

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Four things to minimize spread: 1) use tissues when coughing/sneezing 2) wash hands before/after eating or using bathroom 3) Minimize sharing of utensils, brushes, and 4) Reduce the kisses hehe

  1. Sneeze/cough etiquette: use a tissue or at the very least sneeze/cough into your elbow
  2. Wash your hands before/after eating, using the bathroom
  3. Minimize sharing of utensils, toothbrush etc as well as kissing (sorry folks!)
  4. Stay at home to cut down spread to others
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The virus incubates for 7 days, then pops up as a rash/lump/blister. Another 7 days pass before they dissappear

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