Patient Comments: Coxsackie Virus - Symptoms

What symptoms did you experience with your Coxsackie virus infection?

Comment from: massmom, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 11

My 6 year old daughter started with a temp 99.8 and a sore throat. She was pretty active that first day. Day 2 she had nausea, no vomiting and less of a sore throat but a fever or 101.9. Day 3 she woke with a fever of 103.9 and vomiting a clear fluid. I treated her for this with Motrin. Since she didn't eat very much, this affected her stomach with mild bleeding in the vomit. I contacted her pediatrician immediately and was told to bring her to the doctor's and to discontinue Motrin and switch to Tylenol. By the time I got her to the dr. she was weak and worn out, but not dehydrated. The dr. looked in her mouth and saw ulcers. She had the steph test which was negative. She was diagnosed with Coxsacie Virus. The dr. said it would be a continuous 7-10 days of fevers. The nausea and vomiting stopped by day 4. By day 5 she had a little more energy, but her fever caused the exhaustion, and her throat hurt. The fever has stayed in the 101.0 range and we continue the tylenol. Main thing we are doing is keeping her hydrated. I have a 9 yr old daughter who is exhibiting no symptoms at this time. My husband and I seem to be ok too. We plan on keeping her away from others until the fever is gone. Tough battle this virus.

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Comment from: mom of twins 06, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

Was just diagnosed with Coxsackie A and B. Not sure how I obtained it. Started with the worst sore throat I ever had. Went to the doc thinking I had strep, but he said it was probably coxsackie. Blood work proved he was right. Throat is better, but I have a VERY hard time moving around. My body aches from my knees up to my head. All I want to do is lay down and sleep. He prescribed me valtrex to see if that can get me through so I can try work in a few days. I've never felt so awful and tired in my life.

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Comment from: sciantel, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 20

I have had problems with coxzacky for years. I got it at age 8 but I have Lupus so I keep ignoring it. Stress seems to be a key factor but I had an old country doctor tell me once to get rid of this terrible virus, mix some mouthwash with salt water and some peroxide and gargle 3 times a day, especially at the back of the throat. Now when I get the severe attacks of this virus which consists of terrible mouth and throat sores, chest pain, fever, tired, I take Biotech silverbiotics and elderberry for 10 days. Silverbiotic I take 1 TBSP 3 times a day and elderberry I take 800 mg, (2 pills), 3 times a day. It has really helped me! I now have hope.

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Comment from: BROH, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 21

I contracted the virus at the age of 40 playing rugby on a pitch littered with goose droppings. I received a kick to the shin to which I didn't think twice about. When three or so months later, I started experiencing ulcerations in my mouth and little red dots on the palms of my hands and on my finger tips as well as my toes. I could hardly eat anything. Then I started getting this red spot on my left shin where I was originally kicked. The spot would itch and the skin would flake off the spot on my shin. Once scratched open, the spot would ooze. Now I am experiencing the same thing on my right shin.

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Comment from: km, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 09

My two daughters experienced severe reflux, nausea and prolonged fatigue. From beginning to end, they were not well for about 2 months. Not sure if there was a second, unidentified infection involved.

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Comment from: Jessica, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 07

I started getting painful ulcers in my mouth and my throat. I thought it was strep throat. I went to the doctors and they prescribed me a ton of medications including a mouth swish to numb my mouth and an antiviral medication. The painful sores lasted over 3 weeks. It was very hard to eat or drink. I couldn't speak either. It hurt so bad!

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Comment from: Sharon, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I am a 61 year old female who contracted Coxsackie virus two months ago from one of my grandchildren. I had fever, sore throat, rash and blisters on my hands and feet, and a few ulcers in my mouth. Now, two months later, I am losing all my toenails and several fingernails. All my nailbeds are damaged. My hands and feet peeled layers of skin for about three weeks.

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