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?
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
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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