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Can shingles be the cause of hand foot mouth disease virus?

Can shingles be the cause of hand foot mouth disease virus?

No: No.Although the viruses are part of the same family of viral disease, the shingles or herpes zoster is not the same as the coxsackie virus cause of hand foot and mouth disease. ...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


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I was diagnosed with hand foot mouth disease when will I know that the virus is gone?

I was diagnosed with hand foot mouth disease when will I know that the virus is gone?

Depends on variables: Oral secretions will be contagious for a week to 10 days while the virus can still be present in the stool for 6 weeks.In texas the department of health permits kids with hfm to return to day care after the fever is gone.Normal hygienic practices will prevent spread among susceptible adults. ...Read more

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Recurring hand foot mouth virus? Is that possible?

Recurring hand foot mouth virus? Is that possible?

Yes: Although hfm is most often associated with coxsackievirus a16, the process does occur with other enteroviral strains (enterovirus 71 & others). A child will develop immunity to an individual strain after an illness but be susceptible to other unrelated strains, much like there are different strains that cause the flu. ...Read more

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Why is my son still very sick after a week of having hand foot mouth virus?

Why is my son still very sick after a week of having hand foot mouth virus?

Followup is advised: I would recommend a followup with your pediatrician. In most cases, a week into hand-foot-and mouth disease, most children are starting to feel better. If he is not improving, it is worthwhile to make sure his doctor checks him to be sure he does not have a secondary bacterial infection (such as an ear infection that may warrant antibiotics). ...Read more

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How soon can a child get hand, foot, mouth virus again after getting over it?

How soon can a child get hand, foot, mouth virus again after getting over it?

About a month: Most kids will have a few weeks between past viral infections & the new thing in town. The hfm process usually comes into a community in waves & there is more than one strain of virus that can produce the pattern. ...Read more

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Hand foot mouth virus and testicles?

Hand foot mouth virus and testicles?

HFMD: Hand foot mouth virus can cause pain in one or both testicles in 10% of the cases. It 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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Hand foot mouth virus what do they do for it she has bumps on the bottom of her mouth and inside her mouth and on wrist ?

Hand foot mouth virus what do they do for it she has bumps on the bottom of her mouth and inside her mouth and on wrist ?

Supportive Care: It is common for children to have viral causes of mouth sores. We are seeing this in Kentucky now. There are several viruses we see including "hand-foot-mouth" disease that causes mouth sores in children. They are all self limited and require only fluids and comfort measures. Small sips work best. Remember children on average get 8 to 10 viruses a year at her age! Ibuprofen is good for pain. ...Read more

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My sitter told me yesterday her son has the hand foot&mouth virus, my 5mo old isn't showing any signs of it should I take him to the doc anyway?

My sitter told me yesterday her son has the hand foot&mouth virus, my 5mo old isn't showing any signs of it should I take him to the doc anyway?

Childhood Viruses: Nope. If your son has no symptoms there is not much to say or do. There is also no real preventative medication to take for this common childhood viral illness. ...Read more

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Hello. My son (20 months) developed a rash from hand, foot, mouth virus. Is there anything I can use to ease the irritation of his skin?

Hello. My son (20 months) developed a rash from hand, foot, mouth virus. Is there anything I can use to ease the irritation of his skin?

Keep it clean: Healing can progress faster when you keep the areas clean.Sweat will leave behind salt which causes itching and common skin germs can enter and trigger secondary infections.If you clean the areas often with an antibacterial soap and monitor the sites, it should heal well. Consult your doc if you find areas that appear suspicious. ...Read more

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Hand Foot Mouth Disease (Definition)

Hand-foot-mouth disease is a condition in which a person (usually a child) has a viral infection (often from Coxsackie virus) that causes small ulcers inside the mouth and small reddish bumps on the hands and feet. The bumps on the skin do not break open but resolve on their own ...Read more


Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more