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What can you tell me about hand foot and mouth disease ?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Fever/spots/pain: Hfm is a viral gut infection. Some kids can have it & run a brief temperature & never show other symptoms. Some have fever, localized spots on their wrists & nothing else. Some have terrible mouth sores, spots on wrists/forearms/legs feet & around the bottom & have cramping & loose stools. So fever, loose stools &cramps, amount & location of blisters seem to be the main variables.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for hand foot and mouth disease?

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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Symptomatic care: Hand-foot-mouth disease is a very common viral infection, usually occurring in childhood. Since it is a viral infection, there is no specific treatment for it. Care consists of keeping the child comfortable and hydrated. Here is a link to the cdc article about the illness. http://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/index.html.
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What are the tests for hand foot mouth disease?

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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Physical exam: Hand-foot-mouth disease is a very common viral illness, usually occurring in childhood. It is diagnosed by physical exam, not by laboratory studies. Here is a link to the centers for disease control article about the disease. http://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/index.html.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How can I prevent hand, foot, and mouth disease?

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Dr. Bryan Mohr
Podiatry 23 years experience
Wash your hands: Always wash your hands before eating or touching your face. Rule i tell my kids, "if you touch anything, alwasy wash your hands before they touch your face and or mouth".
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are signs of hand, foot, and mouth disease?

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Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 32 years experience
A few: Symptoms of hand, foot, and mouth disease include fever, blister-like sores in the mouth, and a skin rash. This is caused by a virus, affects younger children usually and most cases are self-limiting but see a pediatrician for supportive care guidelines, especially if dehydration develop.
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How can I manage hand foot and mouth disease?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Hydrate...: Hydrate and and give analgesics (acetaminophen or "magic mouthwash"). It goes away by itself regardless of treatment, but it is good to avoid dehydration and mitigate the misery while it does.

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