HAND foot and mouth disease, Part II
Guys and gals, I’d like to point out that I am not a sheep, even though I have a Welsh surname. Nor am I suffering from an affliction of the herd.
I had (past tense) hand foot and mouth disease (HFMD) as opposed to Foot and Mouth (FMD), also known as Hoof and Mouth Disease (HMD).
Don’t any of you guys and gals out there actually *read* my posts??? 🙂
You’ll no doubt be relieved to know that Julia has recovered fully from HFMD and I never really got more than a couple of little splintery like twinges in the palms of my hands.
Julia had a fever which pushed 40C over the weekend. She had some fever medicine which brought her down to about 38C and throat syrup in case she had a sore thoat. I stopped Tomoko from giving Julia the obligatory antibiotics from the doctor since they don’t do anything against a virus.
Some of the major symptoms were supposed to include lethargy, lack of enthusiasm and loss of appetite. Julia suffered none of the above. In fact, we had trouble getting her to calm down for bed!
On Sunday, the small spots on her hands turned reddish but she never developed blisters or sores anywhere.
She also had a few spots below her nose, but they didn’t even really turn red.
According to the doctor, it was a particularly mild case, rare in children below the age of three, who usually become quite ill for a week.
Julia even managed to go to nursery on Monday after a cursory checkup, since the doctor said that because she had no blisters, there was little to no chance of infecting the other children.
Way to go JooJoo!
Here are a few pictures of Julia’s hands at the peak of the illness…
No need to cover your eyes or stop eating. 😉
It first starts off with little pin pricks of white spots, like the ones on her hand above. These thend develop and turn red. In most cases, the spots will turn into blisters and sores which require regular cleaning and attention. The liquid in the blisters is highly contagious and should be cleaned away thoroughly.
In Julia’s case, however, no blisters ever developed. These red patched faded away and by today, Monday, they are hardly visible.