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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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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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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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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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A child I babysit came down with hand, foot, mouth virus, will Lysol wipes kill this virus? What is the best prevention?

A child I babysit came down with hand, foot, mouth virus, will Lysol wipes kill this virus? What is the best prevention?

Hand Sanitization: The virus spreads through respiratory as well as through fecal route. Avoiding exposure to cough, respiratory secretions and proper hand hygiene Lysol wipes are good sanitizers. ...Read more

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How soon after a child starts with the hand, foot, mouth virus can they return to daycare? If the fever is gone but blisters still there can it spread

How soon after a child starts with the hand, foot, mouth virus can they return to daycare? If the fever is gone but blisters still there can it spread

Yes can spread: if lesions still there, even after gone for about1-3 weeks but for sure stay home till all lesions gone, it is most contagious during illness visible;spread thru saliva , air by coughing , touching things that have virus on them , or stool,it is usually a Coxsacki virus A16 but others too . so wash hands well and good hygiene,no treatment except symptomatic like tylenol (acetaminophen) /ibuprofen ...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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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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How long is the coxsackie virus/hand, foot, mouth contagious 4? Is just when they r running a high temp or until the rash disappears?

How long is  the coxsackie virus/hand, foot, mouth contagious 4? Is just when they r running a high temp or until the rash disappears?

Not known 4 sure: Coxsackie virus can be transmitted by nasal, salivary discharges, as well as by the blister-like rash that may appear, and by stool (poop). So even when the rash disappears, the virus can still be shed in the poop for weeks. Wash hands well! ...Read more

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How do you get hand foot mouth ?

Hand Foot Mouth: A rash in the mouth, hands and feet -- all at one time -- is due to infection with the coxsackie virus. Go see your pediatrician or family doctor to make sure of the cause. ...Read more

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How to cure hand foot mouth disease?

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

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 ...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