Patient Comments: Hand Foot and Mouth Syndrome - Treatments

What treatment did you receive for hand foot and mouth (HFM) disease?

Comment from: Inday, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

Our 2 year old daughter started to have low grade fever last weekend, then she was fine by Monday morning. She has been in day care for the past 2 weeks, started to get colds soon after starting day care. The rash came on her thighs, Monday night, I thought it was a usual allergy. But by Tuesday evening, even after applying hydrocortisone to the rash, it looked worse. I brought her to the doctor Wednesday morning was told she has hand foot and mouth disease (HFM). The doctor showed me the sores in her palate, which explains why her appetite was low, and cries most of the night for about 3 hours before falling asleep. Wednesday night, I had high fever, 102.8 and chills, sore throat. I didn't go to work until the fever subsided Friday. Thinking I just got usual sore throat, I went to work -- then the rash appeared on my hand Saturday evening. By late evening, the sole of my foot was sore with pins and needles sensation! I felt bad for my baby because imagine this pins and needles sensation on your feet and hands is present in your palate! She's better now -- I'm just starting with the HFM. The virus is very strong, incubation period is short.

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Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

Hand, foot, and mouth (HFM) disease is excruciating. I didn't realize my toddler had it. We thought it was just bad diaper rash. I received no treatment, however, did self medicate with ibuprofen, sore throat spray, and orajel on the inner lip blister. I started with a few bumps on my hands that didn't hurt, a mild sore throat, and general malaise. The following day I had white painful bumps on the back of my mouth/tonsil area and it was impossible to eat. Third day, malaise was better but sore throat was excruciating - bumps on hands (and now feet) were beginning to hurt. I'm on day 5 and can still only eat ice cream, milk (coffee milk :)), ice cubes. I don't think I ever had this as a child.

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Comment from: Emilee, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 10

My 11 month old son has hand foot and mouth (HFM) disease. It looks terrible. The first day my son had a fever of 102.4 and it would not go down. Finally it broke the next day but he started developing the blisters all over his body. He has it the worst on his face, arms and knees. He doesnt walk yet so he is in a lot of pain when he crawls. He doesnt want to eat anything but baby yogurt and sometimes you can get him to drink cold milk. I hope this goes away soon because we are on day 5 and it shows no signs of stopping. The doctor we saw told use to give him benedryl and malox for his throat pain and tylenol for the pain everywhere else.

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Comment from: Sherp, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

Our 9 year old son came down with this hand foot and mouth (HFM) disease last week. First our son ran a low grade fever. Then went outside to watch some small fireworks, which ended up causing a grand seziure. We had to call 911. When we finally got to the hospital his fever was 104.4. And it was very scary. After a long night and two hospitals we were on our way home. Many tests. The next day we found out our son had pneumonia. Not to mention the rash on his hands were hand foot and mouth disease. It's been 8 days and our son has about 100 dots on him. He says it hurts to walk and it is very itchy. I wish doctors would be more helpful. We did get the magic wash for his mouth which helps a little.

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Comment from: hoodwink23, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 06

It's weird, my son developed it while we were away on vacation, and he had it halfway up his legs and arms, and in the diaper area. He seemed restless at night, and we actually worried it was bedbugs! We had the hotel switch his portacrib! It didn't really seem to hurt him at all though. He still walked everywhere and ran with no problem. A couple days into his spots, my husband developed a fever and sort throat, and was generally all over miserable just like everyone else described, except it was excruciating for him to walk! He developed the spots too, but only on his hands and feet. My husband went to the doctor, and it took her a few days to diagnose it, but when she did, my son's spots finally made sense. It's weird how they both got it at the same time, but only my husband experienced pain from it.

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Comment from: sickmama, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I'm glad I'm not alone. My son had this but it was mild and only lasted a couple days. I broke into a high fever thought I had the flu was diagnosed with tonsillitis because my tonsils were infected, then two days later sores! I phoned the doctor and she said there isn't much to do for HFM just gargle with "magic" mouthwash, ice cream or popsicles and Tylenol for pain. I feel sorry for anyone reading about this and it says mild. This is a painful thing to have. I finally was able to take a day off and lay in bed all day and hopes it goes away soon. Any child who gets this, be patient. It is painful! Thank goodness for anything frozen, seems like ice is the only relief

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