Hand, voet en wát?
Rustenburg – In an interview with the Platinum Weekly newspaper this week, 11 September, a pharmacist’s assistant of Dis-Chem Rustenburg confirmed that five incidents of the hand-foot-and-mouth disease were diagnosed in the city.
“This disease is common amongst children but may also occur in adults,” Benedine Dekker, pharmacist’s assistant of Dis-Chem Rustenburg said. “It can occur anytime of the year bit is most common in the summer and fall.”
Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is caused by a virus called an enterovirus. The virus spreads easily through coughing and sneezing. It can also spread through infected stool, such as when you change a diaper or when a young child gets stool on his or her hands and then touches objects that other children put in their mouths.
It usually takes three to six days for a person to get symptoms of hand-foot-and-mouth disease after being exposed to the virus. This is called the incubation period.
At first your child may feel tired, get a sore throat, or have a high fever of around 38°C to 39°C. Then in a day or two, sores or blisters may appear in or on the mouth and on the hands, feet, and sometimes the buttocks. In some cases a skin rash may appear before the blisters do. The blisters may break open and crust over.
The sores and blisters usually go away in a week or so. In some cases there are no symptoms, or they are very mild. Parents may get the disease from their children and not even realise it.
A doctor can tell if your child has hand-foot-and-mouth disease by the symptoms you describe and by looking at the sores and blisters. Tests usually aren’t needed.
“This is not a serious disease but must be treated,” says Hilda Dyanson, clinic sister at Dis-Chem Rustenburg. “The sores are usually very itchy, especially to the young ones.”
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