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Hand Food and Mouth Disease
(HFM) is a viral infection
characterized by fever and a typical rash most frequently seen on the palms
of the hands, soles of the feet, and inside the mouth. It should not be
confused with foot (hoof) and mouth disease that affects cattle, sheep, and
HFM is most commonly an
illness of the spring and fall seasons. Initial symptoms of mild fever
(101 F-102 F) and malaise are followed within one or two days by a
HFM Rash Small (2
mm-3 mm) red spots that quickly develop into small blisters (vesicles)
appear on the palms, soles, and oral cavity.
The gums, tongue, and inner
cheek are most commonly involved.
Oral lesions are
commonly associated with a sore throat and diminished appetite.
The foot lesions may
also involve the lower calf region and rarely may appear on the buttocks.
HFM is caused by several
members of the enterovirus family of viruses. The most common cause is
Coxsackie virus A-16; less frequently enterovirus 71 is the
infectious agent. The clinical manifestations of routine HFM are the same
regardless of the responsible virus. Those infected with enterovirus 71 are
more likely to experience more rare complications.
Homeopathic Remedies Hand Food and Mouth Disease
Indicated when eruptions are large and slow to emerge. The
child feels sweaty, fussy, and may be nauseous with a white-coated tongue. If
chest congestion with a rattling cough develops, or a bubbly sound on breathing.
Child is irritable and may object
to being touched or looked at. The eruptions are sore and touching them may
bring on shooting pains.
skin around the eruptions is pink and puffy and very itchy, with stinging pains.
The eyelids may also be swollen. The child feels worse from warmth, is
irritable, and usually is not thirsty.
Hot and feverish, with a red flushed face, and eyes that are sensitive to
light. A pounding headache may be felt, accompanied by either restlessness or
drowsiness. The rash usually is red, with a feeling of heat and throbbing.
Fever persists for several days and adry nagging cough develops.
mouth is dry, with thirst for long cold drinks. The child may be very grumpy,
feel worse from motion, and dislike being interfered with in any way.
Mercurius solubilis Eruptions are large and become infected. The
child is very sensitive to temperature changes and feels worse at night.
Perspiration and drooling during sleep, swollen lymph nodes, and offensive
breath are strong indications. Heavy salivation.
The child is sweet and tearful when ill and wants a lot
of attention and comforting. Itching and other discomforts are worse from warmth
and in stuffy rooms, and improved by cool fresh air. The child is rarely
thirsty, even during fever.
Tremendous itching that is
worse from scratching and relieved by warm baths or applying heat. Very restless, both physically and mentally. The eyes may become inflamed and
sticky. Muscles can ache and feel very stiff, also relieved by warmth and gentle
If itching is so
severe that the child finds it impossible to keep from scratching - or if
eruptions have a nagging, burning pain The
symptoms (and the child) become worse from warmth and aggravated after bathing.
Both heat and chills are felt during fever. The child may feel drowsy in the
afternoon and restless and hot at night.
Eruptions with stinging, burning
pain and itching. Symptoms are aggravated by
exertion and from overheating.
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