Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease in Adults – What To Expect

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease in Adults

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease in Adults

Recently my daughter (aged 3) contracted Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease which prompted me to read everything I could find on HFMD. If you are lucky enough to have never heard of HFMD before here is some information from Wikipedia.

Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common human syndrome caused by highly contagious intestinal viruses of the picornaviridae family typically characterized by a mild fever followed by a rash of flat discolored spots and bumps that may involve the skin of the hands, feet, and oral cavity. HFMD mainly affects infants and children, but can occasionally occur in immunocompetent adults.

My daughter had a rash and a fever but overall the disease did not affect her much. She was tired but not overly cranky. At first I thought her molars were coming in.

About two days after my daughter contracted Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease I contracted it as well. HFMD is MUCH worse in adults. The blisters all over my hands, mouth and feet were very painful. The pain was so great I was choking back tears while helping my daughter get dressed (we were both quarantined at home for one week). Walking was also extremely painful and the sores in my mouth prevented me from eating or drinking (note: I could eat cheese and I drank as much water as I could).

I would not wish HFMD on anyone. Especially if you have a small child at home you need to care for at the same time.

The upside – HFMD does not last very long and in my case the pain was only great for about 3 days. The disease also progresses quickly.

The downside – The after effects can last a long time. My hands and feet are covered in dry skin from where the blisters have peeled off. It has been 2 weeks since I have ‘recovered’.

What I have found that helps with the dry skin:

1) I cut my nails as short as possible. This helps as you cannot ‘pick’ at the skin as easily.

2) Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream. I found Aveeno Intense Relief to be the only moisturizer to have an impact on the dry skin. This is not a sponsored post but it is seriously the only thing I found to help so I wanted to share it with you.

3) Time. Every day my hands are looking just a smidgen nicer. Books were too hard to read but I could recline on the couch and watch a to of TV. 

Must Haves To Survive HFMD

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is nasty. There is really no other way to put it but it doesn’t last forever and most people recover without any complications.

Have you had HFMD? What worked for you?

*I have a B.A. after my name not a MD. None of this is medical advice. Please see a doctor if you need medical advice*

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