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A 39-year-old female asked:

I was told my now 18 month baby girl has hand foot and mouth back in june. she still has the rash around her mouth. iit is now august and she still has the rash around her mouth is this something to about?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Timothy Thurston
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Scarring ok: H, f, & m is a nasty illness and like chicken pox of old can leave some scars. These are usually not deep and eventually you can't see them but it may be greater than 6 months. Bumps and blisters should not be there now.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Multiple obsticles: Once a kid has their skin break down around the mouth you sometimes encounter obstacles to healing. Teething kids often drag their spit with its enzymes out over the healing areas & that can slow the healing process. Kids can also get a low grade staph infection in the old viral blisters called "perioral dermatitis". Your physician may need to examine the area & provide meds.
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
Rash: The rash from the coxsackie virus which causes hand foot and mouth disease usually lasts 1 -2 weeks or at most one month.Have her pediatrician or dermatologist evaluate the rash around her mouth.

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