There She Goes!


Hand, foot and mouth disease continues to plague many people each day, even as we all go on our merry way.

Are there rashes on your hands and feet? Is your mouth drowning in discomfort due to blisters on your gums and tongue? Feeling feverish and irritated by your sore throat?

Bad news , your temple of a body may have been invaded by the notorious hand, foot and mouth disease.

What is it?

HFMD is contagious and is usually caused by thecoxsackie virus A16, which originates from the non-polio enteroviruses group of viruses. It is mainly triggered by oral ingestion of the virus or through contact with an infected person. The latter includes physical contact with the saliva, nasal discharge and blister fluid of the infected person.

HFMD outbreaks are especially common amongst children due to their habit of frequently placing their hands in their mouth and inadequate hygiene practices. It is also a prominent threat in tropical climates. Although the infection normally lasts no more than a week, the experience can be an immensely painful one.

It cannot stay!

However, there’s no need to worry too much as the disease is highly treatable and your doctor is well-equipped to send the infection packing. If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to consult him or her for help.

It is also important to consume lots of fluids as dehydration can lead to severe complications.

Food fighters

Certain foods and eating habits can help if you have HFMD and it’s distressing symptoms. Some examples are:

  • Ice pops or ice cream
  • Soft foods that do not demand a lot of chewing
  • Avoiding acidic food items like oranges and sodas
  • Rinsing your mouth with warm water after meals
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