Welcome to Colcord Public Schools

Home of the Hornets

Preparing Students to be College, Career, and Citizen ready.


Home
Up


 

                                         

Colcord Public Schools

Robert Hampton Elementary Principal

918-326-4117

 

Parents,

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.

  • Coxsackievirus A16 is the most common cause of hand, foot, and mouth disease in the United States, but other coxsackieviruses have been associated with the illness.
  • Enterovirus 71 has also been associated with hand, foot, and mouth disease and outbreaks of this disease.

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.

Complications

Health complications from hand, foot, and mouth disease are not common.

Some complications include:

  • Viral or "aseptic" meningitis can occur with hand, foot, and mouth disease but it is rare. It causes fever, headache, stiff neck, or back pain.
  • Inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) can occur, but this is even rarer.
  • Fingernail and toenail loss (temporary, they grow back) have been reported, occurring mostly in children within 4 weeks of their having hand, foot, and mouth disease. At this time, it is not known whether nail loss was a result of the disease.

Transmission

The viruses that cause hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) can be found in an infected person’s:

  • nose and throat secretions (such as saliva, sputum, or nasal mucus),
  • blister fluid, and
  • feces (stool).

An infected person may spread the viruses that cause hand, foot, and mouth disease through:

  • close personal contact,
  • the air (through coughing or sneezing),
  • contact with feces,
  • contaminated objects and surfaces.

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.

Diagnosis

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 —

  • how old the patient is,
  • what symptoms the patient has, and
  • how the rash and mouth sores look.

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

Prevention

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

  • Washing hands often with soap and water, especially after changing diapers and using the toilet. Visit CDC’s Clean Hands Save Lives! for more information.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and soiled items, including toys.
  • Avoiding close contact such as kissing, hugging, or sharing eating utensils or cups with people with hand, foot, and mouth disease.

 

 

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.

Treatment

There is no specific treatment for hand, foot and mouth disease. However, some things can be done to relieve symptoms, such as

  • Taking over-the-counter medications to relieve pain and fever (Caution: Aspirin should not be given to children.)
  • Using mouthwashes or sprays that numb mouth pain

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.

Click here to go to the CDC website.

 

 

 

New School Store (click the link below)

https://schoolstore.jostens.com/school/oklahoma/colcord/colcord-high-school?
 

Colcord Public Schools · 433 South Larmon Street· Colcord, OK  74338  
©Copyright Colcord Public Schools 2001-2017.  All rights reserved.  For
suggestions or comments please contact the webmaster.  This site 
is maintained by the CHS Web Design Classes.  We do not 
guarantee the accuracy of information on this web site
 nor should this site be considered all inclusive.  
Revised: 05.25.17 03:40 PM.