Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Nikhil Thatte
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Hand, Foot And Mouth Disease - Treatment
The main aim of treatment in HFMD is to reduce the severity and duration of symptoms. As such, there is no curative therapy. Hence, care is purely supportive. Topical antihistamines like diphenhydramine are useful to treat pruritis. NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, paracetamol) may be used for pain relief and control of fever. Aspirin is NOT to be used in children under 12 years of age as it carries the risk of precipitating Reye's syndrome. Antipyretics are given as and when required. Fluids should be given to maintain hydration. Since the oral ulcers are very pain sensitive, the child may refuse feeds. Juices and carbonated beverages are not recommended as they contain a significant acid content which causes pain. Hence, cold milk preparations like ice cream are ideal feeds.

Complete recovery is the norm in HFMD


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