Hand foot and mouth dis­ease

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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”).

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