Hand Foot and Mouth Disease Treatment: Readily Available And Effective
Hand foot and mouth disease (HFM) treatment is readily available. The treatment is not for the disease itself because it is a viral infection of which there is no direct treatment. The treatment for relief of symptoms is available through your doctor or available through an approved home remedy plan, designed by a medical professional. Even before medication or treatment can be available, you must be absolutely sure that the person has the disease. The disease is very easy to self-diagnose. The first clear sign is a mild fever. If the fever persists, you have to make an additional observation if other symptoms will appear. The next symptoms to watch for are skin rashes. When these skin rashes appear, you are now positive of an HFM infection. The rashes will progress into blisters that will now affect the soles, palms and even the oral cavity. This is when medication must be administered immediately. The good thing about this illness is that it is common and treatment is readily available and effective. But you also have to watch out because it is at this stage that infection and transmission of the disease is at its highest level.
The problem with hand foot mouth disease (HFM) is that there is actually no specific treatment, as far as medical professionals are concerned. The treatment is designed not for the relief of the illness but for the relief of the symptoms. Some who do self medication take antibiotics, thinking that the disease has its origins in bacterial infection. This is not recommended because the virus Coxsakei virus A-16 or another virus, the uncommon enterovirus 71, does not respond to antibiotics. Since the illness is accompanied by fever, the infected person may take Paracetamol for the relief of fever or the patient can take Ibuprofen, also for the relief of fever. Aspirin should never be used in viral infections, most especially if the patient is a child under 12 years of age. For relief of the fever, let the patient or child drink plenty of fluids. Milk products are recommended because it does not cause a burning feeling on the stomach.
You should not be alarmed about the illness. There can be a complete recovery in as little as 5 to 7 days after the last symptoms. The virus is self-limiting; it means that after a specific time, it just dies a natural death. However, people around must be vigilant because the virus can be transmitted and it can incubate for a week before some visible signs appear. When the patient still has the symptoms, there are certain precautions that must be made. You have to watch out for signs of dehydration. One side effect of hand foot and mouth disease is dehydration. The signs of dehydration can be dry skin, dry mucous membranes, weight loss, decrease urine or dark urine. If this happens, you have to bring the patient or child to the nearest hospital for immediate medical attention. The illness is not life threatening but the complications can be life threatening. Another side effect is that of febrile seizures. If the fever is high and the patient or child goes into a seizure, it is also recommended that immediate medical attention is also given.
For mouth pain and irritation, a mouth rinse composed of water and salt can be administered to relieve the pain. You can also use anti-bacterial mouthwashes or mouth sprays for the specific purpose of relieving the discomfort of the mouth sores. Taken on a general and complete sense, hand foot and mouth (HFM) disease can be treated (not the virus itself but the symptoms) and progress can be seen in 5 to 7 days after the blisters appear. There is a very good prognosis with the illness. You have to be vigilant however for the dangers of complications. The complication of febrile seizures can be prevented by an hourly monitoring of the body temperature and a regular dose of Paracetamol or Ibuprofen. The most difficult to monitor is dehydration. Dehydration can be prevented by monitoring the fluid intake of the patient or child. It can also be monitored by watching the amount of urine the patient is giving out and also the color of the urine. If the urine becomes less and the color starts to be dark, then dehydration is starting to set it. A final sign to watch is the area around the eyes. If it darkens and starts to sink, then dehydration has set in. It is time to bring the patient to the hospital for immediate medical attention. There is treatment for hand foot and mouth disease.