Colcord Public Schools
Robert Hampton Elementary Principal
FYI: There have been students diagnosed with Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease. I have provided information for you on the disease. Please read the information so you will know what to look for in your child if they develop the symptoms of the disease. If your child develops any of the symptoms take your child to the doctor to confirm whether they have it or not. I hope this information will help you.
Try not to panic. I just want you to know what to watch for so you we will stop the spread of the disease. Hand washing with warm water and soap is the best defense against spreading germs. Also keeping your hands and fingers away from your mouth nose eyes and ears will help stop the spread of germs.
About Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than 5 years old. Adults can be infected also. Symptoms of hand, foot, and mouth disease include fever, blister-like sores in the mouth (herpangina), and a skin rash.
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is caused by viruses that belong to the Enterovirus genus (group). This group of viruses includes polioviruses, coxsackieviruses, echoviruses, and enteroviruses.
Signs & Symptoms
Hand, foot, and mouth disease usually starts with a fever, poor appetite, a vague feeling of being unwell (malaise), and sore throat. One or 2 days after fever starts, painful sores usually develop in the mouth (herpangina). They begin as small red spots that blister and that often become ulcers. The sores are often in the back of the mouth. A skin rash develops over 1 to 2 days. The rash has flat or raised red spots, sometimes with blisters. The rash is usually on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet; it may also appear on the knees, elbows, buttocks or genital area.
Health complications from hand, foot, and mouth disease are not common.
Some complications include:
The viruses that cause hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) can be found in an infected person’s:
An infected person may spread the viruses that cause hand, foot, and mouth disease through:
For example, you might get infected by kissing someone who has hand, foot, and mouth disease or by touching a doorknob that has viruses on it then touching your eyes, mouth or nose.
It is possible to get infected with the viruses that cause hand, foot, and mouth disease if you swallow recreational water, such as water in swimming pools. However, this is not very common. This is more likely to happen if the water becomes contaminated with feces from a person who has hand, foot, and mouth disease, and is not properly treated with chlorine.
Generally, a person with hand, foot, and mouth disease is most contagious during the first week of illness. People can sometimes be contagious for days or weeks after symptoms go away. Some people, especially adults, who get infected with the viruses that cause hand, foot, and mouth disease, may not develop any symptoms. However, they may still be contagious. This is why people should always try to maintain good hygiene (e.g. hand washing) so they can minimize their chance of spreading or getting infections.
You should stay home while you are sick with hand, foot, and mouth disease. Talk with your healthcare provider if you are not sure when you should return to work or school. The same applies to children returning to daycare.
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is not transmitted to or from pets or other animals.
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is one of many infections that cause mouth sores. Health care providers can usually tell the difference between mouth sores caused by hand, foot, and mouth disease and other causes by considering —
Depending on how severe the symptoms are samples from the throat or stool may be collected and sent to a laboratory to test for the virus.
Prevention & Treatment
There is no vaccine to protect against the viruses that cause hand, foot, and mouth disease.
A person can lower their risk of being infected by
If a person has mouth sores, it might be painful to swallow. However, drinking liquids is important to stay hydrated. If a person cannot swallow enough liquids, these may need to be given through an IV in their vein.
There is no specific treatment for hand, foot and mouth disease. However, some things can be done to relieve symptoms, such as
Persons who are concerned about their symptoms should contact their health care provider.
The information has been from the CDC website. You can find more information there and about other diseases as well. If you have any questions please call me at 918-326-4117.
Colcord School Nurse
Debbie Battiest RN,BSN.
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