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How is hand-foot-and-mouth disease treated?

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Hand-foot-and-mouth disease should go away on its own after seven to 10 days. There is no treatment for the illness and no vaccine. You can ease your child’s symptoms with:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) or numbing mouth sprays. Don’t use aspirin for pain -- it can cause serious illness in children.
  • Cold treats like Popsicles, yogurt, or smoothies soothe a sore throat.
  • Anti-itch lotion, like calamine, can help against rashes.

From: Facts About Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease.”

CDC: “Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease.”

National Organization for Rare Diseases: “Hand-Foot-Mouth Syndrome.”

World Health Organization Western Pacific: “A Guide to Clinical Management and Public Health Response for Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD).”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 8, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease.”

CDC: “Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease.”

National Organization for Rare Diseases: “Hand-Foot-Mouth Syndrome.”

World Health Organization Western Pacific: “A Guide to Clinical Management and Public Health Response for Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD).”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 8, 2018

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