Signs Of Hand-Foot-And-Mouth Disease
Has your child been strangely ill with rash like spots, but you can’t quit figure out what is happening? At this time of year it is common for hand-foot-and-mouth disease to seemingly appear out of nowhere. Around summer and fall a lot of these cases pop up. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is something that is most commonly spread amongst younger children. This makes daycare centers and schools breeding ground for the virus. Today, our urgent care is talking more about this type of enterovirus to bring better awareness.
Hand-foot-and-mouth disease can be spread most easily through coughing and sneezing. It can take up to 6 days before a person start to see symptoms of the disease after being exposed. Here are some warning signs that your child might have hand-foot-and-mouth disease:
- Fever of 101 degrees
- Blisters or sores may appear in or on mouth, hands, and feet (sometimes buttocks)
- Sometimes a skin rash may appear
If your child is sick with this virus, here are a few ways to help your child find relief:
- Offer child plenty of cool fluids (to soothe sore throat)
- Avoid feeding child spicy foods or acidic foods
- Use Tylenol or low-dose Ibuprofen to lower fever (DO NOT GIVE THEM ASPIRIN)
- Keep your child out of daycare or school
- Wash hands frequently
We hope that this information helps you to recognize the symptoms of hand-foot-and-mouth disease. Likewise, we hope you’ll have a better understanding of what you can do at home. Should you feel that your child needs medical attention First Med Urgent Care is open 8:00am- 7:30pm, 7 days per week. There is no appointment necessary and our urgent care clinic is used to treating families and children.
On behalf of First Med Urgent Care, we wish you all good luck fighting illness. Stay healthy!