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A 41-year-old female asked:

4yo diagnosed w hfmd 1/20,still has it.how long does it take to leave the body & a full recovery;also has ear infection as of 1/30 & 10wk infant in hm?

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Dr. Rodney Pollary
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Hand foot and mouth : HFMD can last for 2-3 weeks. The blisters on the hands, feet and buttocks are contagious if the contents are opened from a scratch and shared. The oral blisters are associated with the fever and not eating. Fever means contagious. There is no treatment. Symptomatic support for pain and fever do help. Ear infections are common secondary infections. The virus name is Coxsackie.
Dr. Albert Melaragno
Pediatrics 45 years experience
Unusual: But sometimes the virus can take 2-3 weeks to clear and now he has a secondary infection set up by HFMD. Don't worry about the baby , as the ear infection is not contagious. Also the HFMD is probably not contagious at this point. Still would have 4 yo avoid touching baby until all mouth lesions are healed

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