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A 23-year-old female asked about a 2-year-old male:

hand foot and mouth on two year old. a week in and still spreading. looks terrible, a lot like a burn on his face where sores used to be. what to do?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 45 years experience
Infection: The hand/foot/mouth infection should be getting better. It may be he has a second infection such as staph or strep. See your doctor or the emergency department for immediate care. All the best and I hope he recovers soon.
Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Secondary Impetigo?: Poor baby! It can certainly cause severe pain and mouth/throat sores. But a week in he should have some improvement, not worsening. The spreading on his face late in the course makes me think he may have a secondary impetigo infection. I would try neosporin topically on it today, if the face rash worsens by tomorrow, he needs to be seen for a visit. If he has fever, visit today.

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