What is Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease?

Shows Dr. Lindsay Hollister, Naturopathic Pediatrician

November 5, 2019

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The epidemiology of Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease: 

  • Considered a mild virus
  • Highly contagious
  • Nasal and oral secretions, respiratory secretions, fluid from blisters, fecal
  • Common in child care setting
  • Prevalent in summer and fall
  • Most common in children under 5
  • Incubation period 3-6 days, usually fever is the first sign
  • Virus can remain in body for weeks after symptoms subside

What are the symptoms of hand, foot & mouth disease? 

  • 50% asymptomatic

  • Flu-like symptoms may precede (fever, sore throat, malaise, irritability, loss of appetite)

  • Lesions on hand, foot, mouth, and buttocks

    • Usually football shaped and located on tongue, palmar aspect of hands and soles

    • Not grouped, scattered with erythematous base

What is the Naturopathic Treatment for hand, foot & mouth disease? 

  • Tea: calendula, chamomile, hydrastis, glycerrhiza
  • Tincture: berberis, echinacea, hydrastis, all in glycerite form to avoid injuring mucosa further
  • Vitamin A drops 10,000IU for 1-3 days
  • Vitamin C powder
  • Elderberry syrup
  • Arabinogalactan

What is the homeopathic Treatment for hand, foot & mouth disease? 

A few options: 

  • Mercurius: ulcers on palate with burning pains
  • Kali-bi: ulcers look like punched out circumscribed lesions
  • Nitric Ac: ulcers on palate w/ sharp, splinter like pains on tonsils and pharynx

When should to seek more medical care with hand, foot * mouth disease.

  • Sores prevent your child from eating or drinking
  • Symptoms worsen after a few days
  • Can evolve into viral meningitis, caution if neck becomes sore or stiff

Best practices to prevent hand, foot & mouth disease.

  • Frequent hand-washing and avoiding close contact with infected
  • Disinfect common areas
  • Isolation of cantagious

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