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What will be the complaints of HAND FOOT AND MOUTH SYNDROME?

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My son is 15. Wednesday he started feeling tired and had a sore throat. Thursday he had a fever and sore throat. Friday he started getting blisters on his hands and feet and a few on his face. Today is Saturday and he has a few new blisters on his back. We are thinking it is Hand Foot and Mouth Disease. The fever stopped Friday morning. Now all he complains of is the bottoms of his feet hurting.

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From your history it indeed looks like Hand Foot and Mouth Disease. After the child gets the enterovirus, it takes around 3-6 days to manifest the disease. The child will typically start with sore throat and fever and slowly develop sores in the face, hand, feet, back and buttock region. In some cases there will be blisters. Normally the patient should recover spontaneously within 7 days without any treatment. You can give him tylenol for controlling fever and pain. Ibuprofen, only if the pain is unbearable with ranitidine.

Also at this stage he will be spreading the infection easily. So for the family members, try to avoid direct contact as much as possible, and keep washing your hand. This is because its a community acquired infection and if other people keep getting infected, then the recovery will take that much longer. For his sore throat you can give him ice-cream. That should help.

You can wait for another 2-3 days if there's no fever. If it still doesn't resolve then you can consult your local doctor, whether antibiotics are needed or not.

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Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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