One of the viruses that proliferates the most in daycare centers is the so-called hand-foot-mouth virus. And although at first it is more typical of preschool children, it can also affect older children. Even in adults. But ... could you recognize it? How to differentiate it from similar diseases like chickenpox?
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Undoubtedly, hand-foot-mouth disease is very common among children under 5 years old. And tremendously contagious. That is why, at the first symptom, pediatricians recommend parents not to take their child to kindergarten or school. In fact, such is the spread of this virus that experts insist on disseminating photographs that help parents to recognize it.
The disease, called in the medical field as Coxsackie disease, It is transmitted by a virus, which means that it first incubates until the first signs appear: small ulcers and rashes around the mouth, on the hands and feet. To catch it, a kiss or a sneeze is enough ...
Hand-foot-mouth virus It usually begins by attacking the throat. The child complains of a severe sore throat. However, these symptoms may suggest that it is angina or pharyngitis. The next symptom is fever. Shortly after, the appearance of small ulcers, the most conclusive data to diagnose the virus.
Like any other virus, there is no drug treatment. Only paracetamol or ibuprofen (never aspirin). It is important to insist that the child drink a lot and eat cold food (which calms the pain of ulcers), since babies with this disease tend to stop eating and drinking, due to sore throat and ulcers. around the mouth. The greatest danger, therefore, is that of dehydration.
The disease, although at first it seems alarming, is not dangerous. After three days the fever tends to disappear, although the rest of the symptoms do not disappear until 7-10 days. Of course, to avoid contagion to fillies to people (including parents), experts recommend extreme hygiene:
- Wash your hands very well
- Do not kiss the baby affected by the disease
- Change the diaper with disposable gloves
One of the sequelae of this disease is the loss of any toenail. And in extreme cases (they occur very rarely), it can lead to encephalitis.
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