Hand Foot Mouth Disease
It is a viral disease and caused by a virus i.e. Coxsackie virus.
Sudden onset of fever, sore throat, small greyish blisters in mouth, lasting for 4-6 days. Blisters may also appear on palm, fingers and foot- soles, for 7-10 days.
Method of Spread
It spreads by coughing and sneezing of infected person.
Also by direct contact with nose and throat secretions and faeces of infected person.
(The period between the initial infection and the appearance of symptoms)
It usually takes 3-5 days from date of contact.
(The time during which an infectious agent may be transferred directly or indirectly)
May be while sick and sometimes longer.
Parents should careful about hand washing, especially after changing the diaper of an infected child.
Avoid close contact.
Also careful about disposal of articles with discharge
What to do
Control fever with acetaminophen, as doctor recommended.
Prevention Teach all family members or staff of day cares for hand washing and hygiene
measures in the home or day cares.