Hand, foot, and mouth disease (coxsackie virus)
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|Tue, 07-17-2012 - 11:10pm|
And what an awful name for that virus, anyway. Here's what happened: James ate some of my thyroid pills, and then his toes started breaking out in actual blisters! He has food allergies, and I found out there's a trace amount of one of his allergens, in my pills.
After determining he wasn't in some kind of medical emergency, got the callback from the doc and it all added up: the 3 days each of severe sore throats, no appetite, sleeping all day, and high fever for each of my older kids, then 2 days before the blisters, James also had the fever and had no appetite and was fussy.
Verdict? the weird toe blisters came up after his eating my pills (which didn't hurt him, according to poison control), by coincidence. The blisters just happened to come up then, but they were Hand, foot, and mouth disease all along.
My older kids never had blister rashes, but that's also pretty common...about half of kids don't, I guess. So there you go. Mystery solved, it was a minor, self-limiting, viral illness. Whew!
But all the docs and other parents say, it's really making the rounds right now, so whereas it's not normally a cause for alarm, it is a cause for being aware of symptoms. Anyone else have a story to tell about the hand-foot-mouth disease?