Patient Comments: Coxsackievirus - Experience

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Comment from: Kris, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 17

I had the Coxsackie virus several years ago, without realizing how serious it was. I just knew I was sick. I only found out after about a year of persistent, intense itching. My skin would welt up if anything touched it, and how it itched! The allergist did tests and found that I had the Coxsackie B virus at some point. I am still on allergy medicine to control the itching. It is frustrating.

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Comment from: acincy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

With Coxsackie virus, on day 1 I had sore lip. Day 2 and 3, there was yellowish whitish canker sore on my lip and a tiny little blister on my tongue (like when you eat something acidic like pineapple). I thought nothing of it and kept going to work. Day 4 and 5, I got a sore throat and a few more painful sores in my mouth. It hurt to eat and drink. Day 6, I had fever 99 F to 100 F range, body aches, chills, and swollen gums/jaw area. On day 7 fever subsided, I had a mild headache, was still a little achy, tongue got multiple blisters and was more swollen. Day 8, I had mild chest pain, gums are so swollen, and it hurts to eat. Tongue blisters are starting to shrink. I had to take pain pills just about every night otherwise I would wake up because my mouth and lips hurt.

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Comment from: DaveB, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 09

I'm 54, and I got hand, foot, and mouth disease (HMFD) from Coxsackie virus, from my 5 year old (who got it while in the hospital, of all places, having his adenoids removed). It started with a mild sore throat, then the next day a low-grade fever. Day 3, the fever was gone, but my throat was on fire, felt like strep throat. Day 4, my throat was still painful, and I noticed some prickly little bumps on my fingers. After a trip to the Urgent Care to rule out strep throat, they told me I had probably picked up Coxsackie virus from my son, and that it would clear up on its own. Day 7 and all clear!

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Comment from: Sunnyflo, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 23

My 9 month old daughter contracted Coxsackie's virus from daycare. After a week of sleepless nights I thought we were in the clear; until both my husband and I got it! It is awful. It started with high fevers, body, joint aches, and just feeling crummy. Then a sore throat that felt like I was swallowing shards of glass. Then came the rash. I am itching so badly from the rash/blisters on my hands and feet. So far nothing I've tried has helped. I continue to take Advil for pain and Benadryl for the itching. I cannot imagine what my baby had to go through.

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Comment from: Claudia, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 05

My husband seems to have gotten this Coxsackie virus from what the physician has told us yesterday. It started with high fevers in the 103.5s; he had fevers for 15 days. He was admitted in the hospital where they ran a lot of bloodwork and weren't able to find what was causing this; not until after discharge we are told he has tested positive for Coxsackie and there is no treatment. Four weeks in he has started to have a low grade fever 2 days ago (once a day), he is weak and has no energy. How long is this going to last!

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