Help - Do I Have Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease?????

Updated on November 15, 2008
E.M. asks from Long Beach, CA
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Two days ago I woke up with a terrible sore throat - like there was a knife cutting me. Then, after 24 hours it went away - no other symptoms. Then, this morning, I started developing two VERY painful kanker (not sure if that is spelled right) sores on my tounge - I've never had them on my tounge before, but I have had them on the inside of my cheek or on my gums if I eat a lot of citrus fruit.

I've never had a cold sore, so I don't think this could be a herpes outbreak or anything, but my tounge hurts so bad I can hardly speak and eating is really painful.

My son had hand foot and mouth disease when he was 10 months old (he is 3 now) and I didn't get it then.

My biggest worry is my 11 month old daughter, who is nursing still, if this is hand, foot and mouth will she get it? Can I prevent her getting it? I had never heard of it before my son got it.

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answers from Los Angeles on

My kids just had it and it's not that bad. They both had a sore on their tongue and then a few blister type sores on the palms of their hands and bottom of their feet. Besides being contagious, and having a painful tongue it's not the end of the world. For my kids, the Dr. recommended 1:1 ratio of liquid benadryle and kaopectic (mix them together, I did maybe a teaspoon or so of each) and then swoosh it around in the mouth, then spit it out. If one can't swoosh it around/spit it out then you can use a q-tip and just put it on the sore. Ibuprofen for pain. Obviously avoid ALL citrus/acidic foods/drinks. Get rest and eat well. I also had them on acidophilus/probiotic (chewable tablets)- I read somewhere that this is helpful.

If you do have it, wash your hands often and don't share anything, even kisses with your little one and hopefully she won't get it. I think it is tough at that age because they don't know why they hurt, etc..

From start to finish, my kids had it for about 8-10 days.

Hope you are feeling better soon,

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The most common cause of hand-foot-and-mouth disease is infection due to the coxsackievirus A16. The coxsackievirus belongs to a group of viruses called enteroviruses. Other enteroviruses sometimes cause hand-foot-and-mouth disease. Most cases of hand-foot-and-mouth disease aren't serious.

Oral ingestion is the main source of coxsackievirus infection and hand-foot-and-mouth disease. The illness spreads by person-to-person contact with nose and throat discharges, saliva, fluid from blisters, or the stool of someone with the infection. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is most common in children in child care settings, where diaper changing and potty training are constant, and little hands often are in and out of the mouth frequently.

Risk factors

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease primarily affects children younger than 10. Children in child care centers are especially susceptible to outbreaks of hand-foot-and-mouth disease because the infection spreads by person-to-person contact with nose and throat discharges, saliva, fluid from blisters, or the stool of someone with the infection. The virus can also spread through a mist of fluid sprayed into the air when someone coughs or sneezes.

Although less common, hand-foot-and-mouth disease can also occur in adolescents and adults. Because they've most often developed immunity, adults and older children are less likely than younger children are to be susceptible to illness from coxsackievirus infection.

The coxsackievirus may spread for weeks after signs and symptoms have disappeared. Some people excreting the virus, especially most adults, may have no signs or symptoms of hand-foot-and-mouth disease.

The risk of contracting hand-foot-and-mouth disease is greater in the summer and fall.


Certain precautions can help to reduce the chances of infection with hand-foot-and-mouth disease:

* Wash hands carefully. Be sure to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, especially after using the toilet or changing a diaper, and before preparing food and eating. When soap and water aren't available, use hand wipes or gels treated with germ-killing alcohol.
* Disinfect common areas. Get in the habit of cleaning high-traffic areas and surfaces first with soap and water, then with a diluted solution of chlorine bleach, approximately 1/4 cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water. Child care centers should follow a strict schedule of cleaning and disinfecting all common areas, including shared items such as toys, as the virus can live on these objects for days. Clean your baby's pacifiers often.
* Teach good hygiene. Be a positive role model by showing your children how to practice good hygiene and how to keep themselves clean. Explain to them why it's best not to put their fingers, hands or any other objects in their mouths.

Isolate contagious people. Because hand-foot-and-mouth disease is highly contagious, people with the illness should limit their exposure to others while they have active signs and symptoms. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is most contagious during the first week of illness. However, the coxsackievirus may spread for weeks after signs and symptoms have disappeared.

Keep children with hand-foot-and-mouth disease out of child care or school until fever is gone and mouth sores have healed. If you have the illness, stay home from work.

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answers from Honolulu on

I would go to the ER right away... 2 days is long enough to wait, and you have a young baby. You best take care of it and get treated right away... in young babies....when they contract anything their symptoms can be worse, since their immune system is not developed.



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