Coxsackieviruses

Facts

• These viruses produce many different types of rashes.
• The most well-known rash is probably caused by coxsackievirus A16 and appropriately called hand, foot and mouth syndrome.
• This infection is more common in the late summer and fall.
• It is a highly contagious virus tending to be more severe in children than adults.

Symptoms

• Fever for two to three days
• Malaise
• Abdominal pain
• Sore mouth
• Mouth lesions that begin as red spots and turn into small ulcers that may be quite painful, limiting the child's ability to eat or drink
• Most of those affected have the characteristic lesions on their hands and feet, which appear as vesicles varying in size from 3 mm to 7 mm and are filled with clear fluid

Treatment

• Treatment for this disease is also is nonspecific. Fluids and mild pain reliever are usually sufficient.

Find out about other rashes:

Chicken pox
Rubeola or measles
Scarlet fever
Fifth's disease
Roseola

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