In this article I will explain what Hand Foot and Mouth Disease is. We will also go through symptoms, duration of disease and treatments.
First I want to point out there is nothing a doctor can do for your child besides let you know over the counter medicines you can use, which we will go over it this article. That being said, if your child or you have a 104 degree fever or higher and or your child is unable to swallow from soars in the mouth, seek a doctor immediately.
Hand Foot and Mouth is highly contagious.
The viruses that cause hand, foot, and mouth disease can be found in an infected person’s:
- nose and throat secretions (such as saliva, sputum, or nasal mucus),
- blister fluid, and
- feces (stool).
An infected person may spread the viruses that cause hand, foot, and mouth disease to another person through:
- close personal contact,
- the air (through coughing or sneezing),
- contact with feces,
- contact with contaminated objects and surfaces.
For example, you might get infected by kissing someone who has hand, foot, and mouth disease or by touching a doorknob that has viruses on it then touching your eyes, mouth or nose. Keep bleach wipes handy and use them to wipe off handles, toilets, light switches and surfaces at least once a day.
It is possible to get infected with the viruses that cause hand, foot, and mouth disease if you swallow recreational water(http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/rwi/), such as water in swimming pools. However, this is not very common. This is more likely to happen if the water becomes contaminated with feces from a person who has hand, foot, and mouth disease and is not properly treated with chlorine.
Generally, a person with hand, foot, and mouth disease is most contagious during the first week of illness. People can sometimes be contagious for days or weeks after symptoms go away. Some people, especially adults, may not develop any symptoms, but they can still spread the virus to others. This is why people should always try to maintain good hygiene (e.g. hand washing) so they can minimize their chance of spreading or getting infections.
You should stay home while you are sick with hand, foot, and mouth disease. Talk with your healthcare provider if you are not sure when you should return to work or school. The same applies to children returning to daycare. The worst of the symptoms can last around 10 days.
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is not transmitted to or from pets or other animals.
Signs and Symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Body aches
- Lack of Appetite
- Rash on hands, feet or other areas of body
- Soars in mouth
Sores in mouth usually come one to two days after a fever.
Some people, especially young children, may get dehydrated if they are not able to swallow enough liquids because of painful mouth sores.
Not everyone will get all of these symptoms. Some people, especially adults, may show no symptoms at all, but they can still pass the virus to others.
- For fever use Tylenol
- For the rash mix 5 drops Thieves oil, 5 drops Lavender oil and 5 drops purification oil and 10oz coconut oil (I use young living for my oils.) Mix in a little bowl and place on a counter top where your child can put on themselves all through out the day where ever and whenever they feel itchy. I would recommend at least 3 times a day. For children under 5 keep out of reach and apply to them as needed.
- I also had my children take lukewarm baths and put 10 to 12 drops of Lavender oil in it. This will help relieve the itching.
- Calamine lotion to also relieve itching
- For my son who had the rash all over, I gave him allergy medicine before he went to bed. That was only for two nights.
- To help combat the Hand Foot and Mouth virus inside the body mix 1tsp of turmeric in a smoothie. There are also capsules you can buy online or at your local health food store. I truly believe this is why my children only suffered mild symptoms.
Other than that the virus must simply run its course and as I said above that could be around 10 days.
Good luck to you and your kiddos. We just went through Hand Foot and Mouth this August of 2016 and that is why I chose to write the article. You are not alone and as the good Lord would say “This to shall pass.”