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Hand-Foot-And-Mouth Disease

Hand-Foot-And-Mouth Disease | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the disease?

Since HFM disease is caused by a virus, antibiotics are of no use. Since it is a mild illness, treating symptoms to make the child more comfortable is usually all that is necessary. Medicines such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen may be given for fever. Occasionally, intravenous fluids are needed to prevent dehydration.

The mouth ulcers will be less painful if the child avoids:

  • citrus fruits and fruit drinks such as orange juice
  • foods that require a lot of chewing
  • salty foods or beverages such as sports drinks
  • spicy foods
  • Cold drinks and frozen desserts are often well liked and well tolerated. The person should drink plenty of fluids and rinse the mouth with warm water after meals.

    What are the side effects of the treatments?

    Acetaminophen or ibuprofen may cause stomach upset or allergic reactions.

    What happens after treatment for the disease?

    The individual can return to normal activities once he or she feels better.

    How is the disease monitored?

    Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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    Author: John Wegmann, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 09/12/01

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