Hand-Foot and Mouth Disease
Q: A neighbor's infant daughter just came down with the Coxsackie virus. It sounds scary. Is it highly contagious?

A: The Coxsackie virus, named after the town in upstate New York where it was first discovered, is also known as Hand-Foot and Mouth Disease, which makes it sound much worse than it is. This infectious disease affects children most often during summer and spring. Daycare is a common site for outbreaks. The virus causes a fever and small, painful red, flat, or slightly raised blisters on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and even inside the mouth. For a few days, there may be a loss of appetite and increased irritability. Encourage lots of fluids to avoid dehydration. Acetaminophen will provide fever and pain relief. Rest assured that your little one will be feel better in about five to seven days.

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