May 26, 2022
This disease is more frequent in children under 10 years of age, especially those under 5 years of age, who are exposed to contagion as result of the spread of infections that can occur in day care centers, for example. Although it is true that children become immune over time when exposed to the virus and acquire antibodies, it is not impossible for adolescents and adults to contract the disease, says Dr. María Ysabel Acosta, a pediatrician at our clinic.
What is the hand-foot-and-mouth disease?
It is a mild and contagious viral disease characterized by the appearance of sores in the mouth and skin rashes on the hands and feet. Its most common cause is infection with the Coxsackie A16 virus, transmitted mainly by the oral route and contact with the infected person, through: nasal and throat secretions, saliva, fluid from blisters, feces and droplets spread by coughing or sneeze
Some of its symptoms are:
When should I take my child to the doctor?
Usually, this disease can be treated at home, following the instructions of the treating physician. It will be important to keep the child well hydrated and control the fever. We must take you to a health center if:
Recommendations to reduce the risk of infection:
Dr. María Ysabel Acosta
Pediatrician at Clínica Ricardo Palma