Hand–Foot-Mouth Disease (HFMD)
Although we have not received any medical confirmations at Vulture Peak, we have heard of possible cases which have caused concern. Your child may have been exposed to hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD) in any public place. HFMD is a common viral infection. Despite its scary name, this illness is generally mild.
Symptoms of HFMD include fever and sore throat accompanied by small sores in the back of the mouth, and a skin rash. One or 2 days after the fever starts, painful sores usually develop in 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 hand and soles of the feet; it may also appear on the knees, elbows, buttocks or genital area.
HFMD is most contagious during the time when the fever and sore throat are present. However, individuals may remain contagious for weeks after symptoms go away. Some may not develop any symptoms, but may still spread the viruses to others.
Children may not return until the sore throat is clear; they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications; and they feel well-enough to return. A doctor’s release may be necessary.
There is NO vaccination to protect against the viruses that cause HFMD.
- Washing hands often with soap and water, especially after changing diapers and using toilet.
- Disinfect dirty surfaces and soiled items including toys. First wash the items with soap and water; then disinfect them with a solution chlorine bleach.
- Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, or sharing eating utensils or cups.
- Teach your children to cover their noses and mouths with a tissue or their arms when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of tissues that contain nasal secretions after each use.
A doctor can tell if your child has hand-foot-and-mouth disease by the symptoms you describe and by looking at the sores and blisters. Tests usually aren't needed.
For more information, please contact your health care provider. If your child is diagnosed as having HFMD, please notify your child’s school.