Are you concerned that your child might have hand, foot, and mouth disease?

There is nothing worse than being a parent and seeing your child go through disease and illness, let alone seeing them have hand, foot, and mouth disease.

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is one of those diseases that we don’t hear about too often. Most children come down with a common cold, catch the flu, get pink eye, or have chicken pox, but very seldom do we hear the words, “your child has hand, mouth, and foot disease”.

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

It is an illness that causes sores in or on the mouth and on the hands, feet, and sometimes around the buttock and legs. The sores can be painful and extremely uncomfortable at times for your child.

The good new is, the illness usually doesn’t last more than a week or so. But if severe, you may be directed by your doctor to stay quarantined to your home so that the illness won’t spread.

Because the disease is most common in children, that’s not enough to say that adults can catch it as well too. Which is why entire families can be quarantined to their home so that the illness will not spread except for in the family’s household.

The disease is extremely contagious and is spread through coughing and sneezing. It can also spread through infected stool. This can happen when you change a diaper or when a young child gets stool on their hands and then touches objects that other children put in their mouth.

It is most common that the disease spreads and breaks out in a community.

How can I tell if my child has hand, foot, and mouth disease?

At first your child may feel tired, have a sore throat, or catch a fever. After a couple of days they might start to acquire visible sore or blisters in their mouth, hands, or feet.

  • Rash’s might also breakout and appear before blisters do.
  • Blisters and become open and crusted over.

If these symptoms are sounding familiar, call your doctor, or call us, MedHealth Urgent Care.

The illness takes about 3 to 6 days for a person to get symptoms after being exposed to hand, foot, and mouth disease.

Treat the Disease

Most of the time, the illness will go away without treatment in 7 to 10 days but depending on severity, your doctor may recommend certain treatments to help ease symptoms until the disease has ran it’s course.

There are some at-home remedies that you can try:

  • Suck on ice or popsicles
  • Eat ice cream or sherbet
  • Drink cold beverages
  • Avoid citrus fruits, fruit drinks, and soda
  • Avoid spicy or salty foods

You also can try swishing around warm salt water in your mouth to help relieve the pain.

Seeing your child suffer with hand, foot, and mouth disease is not fun, and we have sympathy for you. Let us help relieve some stress and educate you on the disease.

We invite you to please visit our website, stop by 2908 McGehee Road Montgomery, AL 36111-2103, send us an email, or call us today (334) 229-9955.


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