Hand Foot and Mouth Disease

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Definition

Hand foot and mouth disease (coxsackie) is a virus that causes sores on the hands, feet, and mouth. Mostly common in infants to children around five years old. Children who are often in daycare centers are more susceptible to the disease due to the fact that there are more children around for them to contract it from.


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How it is contracted

Hand foot and mouth disease can be spread from an infected person through nose and mouth secretions such as saliva, nasal mucus, and sputum. Sputum is the combination of saliva and mucus or pus, usually found in the lungs and respiratory passages. This bodily fluids get on the hands of the children and are spread through contact.

Spreading of HFMD

When children put their hands or feet in their mouth as they usually do, they are increasing the spread of this disease. When they play with toys or other children the germs are moving from one to the other. This puts others at risk because everyone that comes into contact with the child or anything the child has touched, now potentially could contract the disease. It affects us directly.

Treatments

HFMD can be treated through home remedies or through Ibuprofen (Advil) or Acetaminophen (Tylenol). If this doesn't work it is recommended to go to a doctor for further treatment.

Outbreaks of HFMD Based on Weather

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Facts

HFM disease is caused by multiple different viruses. You can only get the disease from the same virus once, but it is possible to catch the disease again from a different virus.

Symptoms

-High fever

-Sores and blisters usually on the hands feet and mouth area, occasionally found on the genitals.

-Irritable

-Head ache

-Soar throat

-lose of appetite

-Occasional vomiting in some patients

Work Cited

"Symptoms of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease." News-Medical.net. N.p., 24 July 2012. Web. 20 Apr. 2015.


"Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (Coxsackie Viral Infection)." Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (Coxsackie Viral Infection). N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2015.


"Hand Foot and Mouth Disease." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15 Apr. 2015. Web. 20 Apr. 2015.