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Hand-foot-mouth disease in children. Symptoms and Treatment

Hand-foot-mouth disease in children. Symptoms and Treatment

Hand-foot-mouth disease is caused by a virus. It is very common in children between 0 and 3 years old, right in the preschool stage. It is a contagious disease that you must know to learn to identify it by its most common symptoms.

The pediatrician Rebecca Ordovas explains us what are the symptoms and treatment of hand-foot-mouth disease in children.

Hand, foot, mouth, or also known as mouth-hand-foot disease, it is a disease caused by a virus that mainly affects children who go to kindergarten, who are of preschool age (between 0 and 3 years old), because their immune system is not yet fully developed.

Among the main signs or signals to recognize this viral rash that affects the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet and the mouth, are:

- Pupae in the mouth: Pupitas and sores in the mouth, which itches a lot. They can also spread around the lips.

- Bullous lesions: The blistering lesions on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet are very characteristic of this disease.

- Appearance of other injuries on other parts of the body: These common blistering lesions on the hands and feet can also appear on other parts of the body, such as the thighs and buttocks.

However, there are also some very characteristic symptoms of this disease:

- Fever.

- Headache.

- Throat pain.

- General malaise, irritability.

- Refusal of food and drooling, since it hurts to swallow because of those internal wounds in the form of sores.

As it is a virus, the treatment is purely symptomatic. The only thing we can do is to give them something to ease the pain and soothe the main symptoms of the wounds caused by this virus. The most recommended is:

- Administer an anti-inflammatory.

- Relieve the itching of mouth sores with a soothing gel based on hyaluronic acid or viscous lidocaine before meals.

Evidently the child must stay home in the first week, since it is a very contagious virus. It is important to take care of hygiene habits, and above all to wash your hands very well to prevent the disease from spreading to other family members.

Rebecca Ordovas
Pediatraadomicilio.com

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