Hand, Foot and Mouth disease–it reads like something that only animals should get. But it’s not–everyone in your family–including you, the kiddos, Dad, and the grandparents, could contract the disease. So what exactly is it? One Breezy Mama reader wanted to know–when her child was diagnosed with it she had no idea what it was, and those around her had never heard of it either. She asked Breezy Mama to get on the case and bring an explanation. So we turned to our Go-To pediatrician, Dr. Jon Conti for enlightenment.
What exactly is Hand, Foot and Mouth disease?
Hand, Foot and Mouth disease (HFM) is a common viral infection characterized by the eruption of small flat red bumps, primarily restricted to the hand and feet, and associated with oral ulcerations and fever. Classically we think of three viruses that live on the surfaces of objects: Coxsackie, Enterovirus and Herpangina. Herpangina is not the same virus as Herpes, but many people confuse the two and become unnecessarily worried. Unlike Herpes, [Read more…] about Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease–How It Can Affect Your Family