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
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
What are the side effects of the treatments?
Acetaminophen or ibuprofen may cause stomach upset or allergic
What happens after treatment for the disease?
The individual can return to normal activities once he or she
How is the disease monitored?
Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare