A new health scare called Hand, Foot and Mouth are sweeping the United States and Canada
The cause of this condition is still being investigated by scientists but it seems to involve bacteria that are found in moist areas such as bathrooms, showers, and swimming pools. If you suffer from any or all of the following symptoms it may be a case of Hand Foot and Mouth disease:
- A burning, itchy, or red rash around your lips, mouth, or tongue is a common sign of Hand Foot and Mouth. It can also be accompanied by fever, headaches, and vomiting. Swelling of the face is another symptom. Other symptoms include a feeling of fullness, sore throat, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, loss of saliva, swollen gums, and difficulty swallowing. You may also have trouble chewing, or swallowing, and it may feel like your throat is closing up.
- If you suspect that you may have Hand Foot and Mouth, then you should seek medical treatment right away. It is important to note that if you don't have an illness, this is not contagious, so you should not worry if someone else has it. The incubation period for this condition is three to seven days. You should try to avoid having contact with people who are suffering from Hand Foot and Mouth, or other contagious diseases. This includes shaking hands with people, kissing, coughing, sharing food or drinks, or touching your mouth with your hands.
- If you think you have Hand Foot and Mouth you should visit your doctor to get diagnosed. They will run a series of tests to rule out other conditions. Once they determine what type of disease you have, they will be able to recommend a course of treatment and antibiotics to treat your infection. While these treatments can be expensive, there are many ways that you can cut down the cost of getting treated.
- If you know that you are exposed to a person who is infected with Hand Foot and Mouth it may be in your best interest to wear a face mask when you shower or bathe. You should also use a plastic or rubber hand sanitizer before you go to bed at night. This will prevent you from accidentally coming into contact with the bacteria. If you are constantly in a public shower or tub, be sure to cover your mouth and nose with your hand before you take a bath.
If you are wondering why you feel a certain way after you have been in contact with someone who has had Hand Foot and Mouth, try to look at your environment. Is there humidity? Is there a lot of moisture in the air?
Is there anything else that seems odd that you do not understand? – such as the sudden onset of a headache or nausea – this could mean that you have an underlying problem that you should talk to your doctor about? If you have any symptoms of flu or any other illness then you should notify your doctor right away. They will be able to tell you if it is indeed a case of Hand Foot and Mouth and if there are other things that need to be done.
So if you have had Hand Foot and Mouth but don't have any symptoms, don't worry. There are plenty of things you can do to minimize your risk. It's important to remember that the symptoms are easy to get, but they do not last forever. If you have had this virus before, the chances are you will have a full recovery, but if you haven't had it before, it is best to be on the safe side.