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Dr. Edward Young Jr
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Hand Foot Mouth Disease (Overview)

Disease is caused by an enterovirus such as cocksackie A16 virus. Characteristic lesions are small painful blisters, sores on the palms of hands, soles of feet ,mouth and diaper area . Sometimes accompanied with fever, sore throat , vomiting and diarrhea. 3-6 day incubation period from contact to illness. Occurs mainly in children under 10 but can be seen in adults.


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Is it common to have hand foot mouth disease in winter?

Is it common to have hand foot mouth disease in winter?

Yes: Although this occurs more in the summer months, it can happen any time if year. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Young Jr
164 doctors shared insights

Hand Foot Mouth Disease (Overview)

Disease is caused by an enterovirus such as cocksackie A16 virus. Characteristic lesions are small painful blisters, sores on the palms of hands, soles of feet ,mouth and diaper area . Sometimes accompanied with fever, sore throat , vomiting and diarrhea. 3-6 day incubation period from contact to illness. Occurs mainly in children under 10 but can be seen in adults.


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Treating Athlete's Foot (Checklist)

Dry well between the toes after your shower or bath
Daily
Wear white cotton socks, especially in the summer
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Try to avoid scratching
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See your podiatrist is symptoms persist or do not improve
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What are signs of hand foot mouth disease?

What are signs of hand foot mouth disease?

Fever/spots/pain: Hfm varies more in intensity than anything. 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. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a child to be wrongly diagnosed with hand-foot-mouth disease?

Is it possible for a child to be wrongly diagnosed with hand-foot-mouth disease?

Yes: There is a lot of variability of symptoms. One has to be careful in making the diagnosis as there are many conditions that simulate hand-foot-mouth disease. ...Read more

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Improving Foot Health (Checklist)

Inspect your feet daily
Daily
Dry well between the toes after shower or bath
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Avoid putting creams or ointments between your toes
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What are the tests for hand foot mouth disease?

What are the tests for hand foot mouth disease?

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. ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
daily
Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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What is the best way tp treat hand foot mouth disease?

What is the best way tp treat hand foot mouth disease?

Self Limitingha: Hand foot and mouth disease is self limiting and will usually go away in 7- 10 days. More serious cases will need treatment by a physician. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a toddler with hand foot & mouth disease?

What is the treatment for a toddler with hand foot & mouth disease?

Self heals over time: Hfm is a collection of symptoms related to infection by strains of an intestinal virus.It runs its course producing a variety of blisters in various locations before resolving as the body fights it off. The main problem with the disorder is the chance of dehydration from poor fluid intake. Comfort measures & a focus on improving fluid intake are the best method of rx. ...Read more

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Living with Addison's Disease (Checklist)

Wear a medic alert
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Take additional hydrocortisone/prednisone for fever or injury
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How to cure hand foot mouth disease?

Self heals over time: Hfm is a collection of symptoms related to infection by strains of an intestinal virus.It runs its course producing a variety of blisters in various locations before resolving as the body fights it off. The main problem with the disorder is the chance of dehydration from poor fluid intake. Comfort measures & a focus on improving fluid intake are the best method of rx. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent my 3 month old from getting hand foot mouth disease from his daycare center there is an outbreak there?

What can I do to prevent my 3 month old from getting hand foot mouth disease from his daycare center there is an outbreak there?

Keep him home...: He may have contracted the virus already..The incubation period is about 3-7 days (time from contact to development of disease). So, if he has been home for past week without the fever/rashes etc..Likely he does not have it. It is usually mild and often resolved in 7-10 days. If you dont want him to get it, keep him home until outbreak is over..Consult your doc..Good luck.. ...Read more

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My 3 1/2 yr old has hand, foot, mouth disease. I also have a 2 week old, what are the risks to him?

My 3 1/2 yr old has hand, foot, mouth disease. I also have a 2 week old, what are the risks to him?

Likely minimal: It's likely you had a case of hfm in your life that built up your immunity and your 2 wk old should have this protection from hfm & other viral illnesses for at least a few months. Simple hand washing and sanitizing should help reduce the risk further.If you get it baby could too. Hfm kids secrete virus in their saliva for a week to 10 days & in their poo for up to 6 wk. ...Read more

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What is hand-foot-mouth disease?

What is hand-foot-mouth disease?

Hand, foot, & mouth: disease is a contagious viral illness that commonly affects infants and children caused by enterovirus. The disease usually doesn't need treatment. ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure risk factors are addressed (blood pressure, cholesterol)
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Inspect your feet daily -- call your MD with any wounds
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What is hand, foot, mouth disease?

What is hand, foot, mouth disease?

Viral disease: Hand, foot mouth disease is a common viral disease of childhood . It is characterized by mouth ulcers and sores as well as a palpable rash in palms and soles. Sometimes there is a generalized rash and a temperature. Major risk is dehydration in kids as they may not take fluids well. It is self limiting and resolves in about a week. ...Read more

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What is hand, foot & mouth disease?

What is hand, foot & mouth disease?

A viral infection: Hand foot mouth disease (hfm) is usually from viruses such as coxsackie virus. Children are the usual patients who get hfm disease, but their parents can also get infected. People should see their doctors to verify their illnesses, as other infections (such as strep throat) can cause sore throat & skin rashes. Coxsackie hfm infections in the U.S. Usually go away on their own without complications. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more