Hand Foot and Mouth Disease (HFM)
Homeopathy successfully treats all
the symptoms of Hand Foot and Mouth disease (HFM).
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.
Homeoprophlyaxis for Hand Food and Mouth Disease Prevention with Homeopathy on
Exposure to Coxsackie Virus:
(30C is 2 pills dissolved in 4 oz,
bottle of water; 200C is 2 pills in 8 oz, bottle of water.) Give 1 tsp. from
the bottle to each member of the household exposed who has not had chicken
pox. This is a recommendation as a preventative (prophylactic dose).
Hand Food and Mouth Disease Remedies:
This remedy may be 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.
Antimonium crudum: A child who needs this remedy usually is irritable and may object
to being touched or looked at. The eruptions are sore, and touching them may
bring on shooting pains.
Apis mellifica: When this remedy is indicated, the
skin around the eruptions is pink and puffy and very itchy, with stinging pains.
The eyelids may also be swollen. The person feels worse from warmth, is
irritable, and usually is not thirsty.
Belladonna: This remedy is indicated when a child
is 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.
Bryonia:When fever persists for several days during chicken
pox, and a dry nagging cough develops, this remedy may be useful. The person’s
mouth is dry, with thirst for long cold drinks. The person may be very grumpy,
feel worse from motion, and dislike being interfered with in any way.
This remedy may be indicated if 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.
child who needs this remedy is often 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 person is rarely
thirsty, even during fever.
This remedy is useful in cases of chicken pox with tremendous itching that is
worse from scratching and relieved by warm baths or applying heat. The child may
be 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
Sulphur: If itching is so
severe that the person finds it impossible to keep from scratching—or if
eruptions have a nagging, burning pain—this remedy may bring relief. The
symptoms (and the person) become worse from warmth and aggravated after bathing.
Both heat and chills are felt during fever. The person may feel drowsy in the
afternoon and restless and hot at night.
Urtica urens: Eruptions with stinging, burning
pain and itching may be relieved by this remedy. Symptoms are aggravated by
exertion and from overheating.
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