HFMD (Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease)

By Wen Li Cheng 9.5

The Scientific name of HFMD:

Enteroviral vesicular stomatitis with exanthema.

What causes it? How is it transmitted?

This disease is caused by viruses from the enterovirus genus and Coxsackie A virus. It is spread from person to person, through direct contact, with nose and throat discharges. (E.g Feces, Mucus and Saliva)

What are the symptoms? How long do they last? Is it deadly?

These are the following symptoms:
-Having a fever
-Sore throat
-When you're feeling unwell
-Red blisters on your tongue
-Red blistery rash on your palms or soles
-When you lose your appetite
-Hedache
-If you vomit
-Non-itchy rash
-An ulcer in your mouth
-When you have Diarrhea
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These symptoms will normally last from 7 to 10 days and the incubation period lasts from 3 to 7 days. Luckily, it is rarely dangerous. But, HMFD are easily passed to babies or children.

Can it be cured?If so, how? If not, is there any way that we can at least treat it?

There are no specific treatment for Hand, Foot and Mouth disease. It can be eased with medication but many doctors don't provide medicine for Hand, Foot and Mouth disease. Though fever reducers can help control temperatures and luke water can bring the temperature down. Also, try to eat cool fluids, not spicy food.
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This video was posted on April 10, 2009.

Vocabulary:
Icubation period - When you get the disease but you don't feel unwell yet
enterovirus genus and Coxsackie A- Type of virus

Reference

Hand, foot and mouth disease. (2010). Hand, foot and mouth disease. Retrieved (2010, August 15) from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hand,_foot_and_mouth_disease
Hand-foot-and-mouth disease. (2009, April 22). Retrieved from http://children.webmd.com/tc/hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-topic-overview
Hand, foot and mouth disease . (2009, February 25). Retrieved from http://www.chp.gov.hk/en/content/9/24/23.html
Hand, foot, and mouth disease. (2010, May 17). Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/revb/enterovirus/hfhf.htm