Hand foot and mouth disease. What every parent needs to know.
Coxsackie viruses are a common bug that many children get. It’s pretty contagious, spreading from person to person, usually from unwashed hands and surfaces contaminated by the viruses, where they can live for several days. And the signs are easy to spot says Dr. Saul Greenberg, pediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children.
“The most common presentation that parents have probably heard about is something called hand, foot and mouth disease, where one gets little blisters on the fingers and toes and then gets sores inside the mouth. Some children will get only sores inside the mouth and the back of the throat, these canker sores, and fever. Then there are other children who only get a rash and often we see these spots that are present on the buttocks or on the legs.” And treatment for coxsackie is very similar to many other viruses. So for fever or for sore throat we sill often use acetaminophen or Ibuprofen, and lot of liquids as well, but there is no specific treatment for it otherwise.”