Important Facts about Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD)

Do you know HFMD is a viral infection and can cause symptoms like:

  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Feeling of being unwell (malaise)
  • Painful, red, blister-like lesions on the tongue, gums and inside of the cheeks
  • A red rash, without itching but sometimes with blistering, on the palms, soles and sometimes the buttocks
  • Irritability in infants and toddlers
  • Loss of appetite

Do you know HFMD can spread through:

  • saliva
  • fluid from blisters
  • feces
  • respiratory droplets sprayed into the air after coughing or sneezing

Hand Foot Mouth Disease - AA Pharmacy Health TipsFluids from Blisters (Source : Under5s )

Do you know symptomatic relief method and preventions for HFMD?

  • Seek AA pharmacists for OTC recommendations
  • Topical ointments to soothe blisters and rashes medicated syrups or lozenges to ease painful sore throats
  • Suck on ice or popsicles
  • Avoid citrus fruits, fruit drinks, and soda
  • Regular hand-washing using hot water and soap.
  • Disinfect any common areas in your home on a regular basis
  • Avoid close contact such as hugging and kissing
  • No sharing cups, eating utensils, towels
  • Stay home from school or work if child experiences sore throats or fever

Do you know you should refer to the doctor immediately when the child is:

  • unable to tolerate oral feeds
  • clinically very ill or toxic-looking
  • persistent high fever (e.g >38ºC) for >48 hours;
  • suspicion of complications including irregular heart rate and increased drowsiness
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