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Coping with Hand Foot and Mouth Disease Naturally

Hand Foot and Mouth Disease

Hand Foot and Mouth Disease sounds pretty scary, but actually it’s a relatively harmless virus which is self-limiting and therefore burns itself out within a week or two. Saying that, it’s incredibly unpleasant and can affect children and adults in varying severities. Treatment is usually rest, as there are no conventional medicines available to control it.

The first sign is a fever or temperature.  This is then followed by a general feeling of being unwell, exhaustion, and finally spots. Lots of spots! The spots look like pimples, and they disappear when pressed with a glass.

We had an outbreak of Hand Foot and Mouth recently. My son caught it before I did. As soon as I saw the spotty rash on his hands I took him to the GP who confirmed Hand Foot and Mouth and sent us home for bed rest with pain relief.

Natural relief for Hand Foot and Mouth Disease

The symptoms are unpleasant and painful. I chose to drink fresh ginger tea and munch on pieces of ginger to help fight the virus naturally. Lemons also contain natural anti-viral properties, and eating chillies is also known to help reduce pain naturally.

Blisters can appear in the throat so a child will be less likely to eat during an outbreak. As long as he/she has water or milk and stays hydrated, the food issues will pass within 48 hours as the blisters settle. For me, peppermint tea helped soothe the pain in my throat.

The pain is hard to describe. It’s similar to feeling burnt, with huge sensitivity to touch. I found that placing my hands in cool water temporarily calmed the burning sensation, but it returned as soon as I removed them.

After the initial pain subsided, my fingers turned numb and my skin broke and peeled. I found a lovely balm called Calendula that quickly resolved the problem and was advised to avoid standard moisturisers as they contain chemicals which may anger the broken skin.

After a month, we were all back to normal. The good news is, when you’ve had it once, it’s unlikely to return again.

This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about med­i­cine, health and related sub­jects.  The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately-licensed physi­cian or other health care worker.

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Emma Rowlands

I'm a full time Mum and live in Bristol City. In my spare time I am a freelance writer, a learning cook, and have a general interest in sciences, parenting and anything creative.

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