Hand foot and mouth disease
A mild but very contagious illness caused by the coxsackie A16 virus. Common among children under the age of 10 years.
Loss of appetite. Sore throat. Rash made up of tiny blisters on palms of hand and soles of feet. May also appear on the inside of the mouth as ulcers.
No special treatment is necessary; illness will pass within seven to 10 days.
Ibuprofen may be used for aches and pains.
Never give aspirin to a person under 18 unless directed to by a doctor.
Push fluids and watch for signs of dehydration (see “D”).