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No need to worry about hand-foot-mouth disease, keep alert: Minister Veena George

Thiruvananthapuram: Health Minister Veena George has said that everyone should be aware of the hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD) reported in some districts of the state. Although it usually affects children under the age of five, it is rarely seen in adults. The risk of this disease is low but it can rarely cause meningitis. Therefore, if you notice any symptoms, you should seek the services of a doctor. Babies should be given plenty of water to drink. Care should be taken not to spread the disease to other children. The minister said there was nothing to worry about.

What is Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease?

Hand-foot-mouth disease is a viral disease of the hands, feet, mouth, and lips of children. This disease is also known as tomato fever.


The main symptoms are fever, fatigue, arthritis, and redness and swelling of the hands, feet, mouth, buttocks, and knees. Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur. Seek medical attention immediately if you have symptoms of severe persistent fever, severe fatigue, malaise, or obstruction of blood circulation in the limbs.


The disease is transmitted directly from one infected person to another. It can be transmitted from infected babies through nasal and throat secretions, or through contact with saliva, skin bubbles, or feces. Sick babies can be infected by even touching toys and clothing.


The disease usually goes away in a week to ten days. Once the disease is present, it is treated according to the symptoms. This will help reduce the baby’s discomfort and control the symptoms.


The body of an infected baby should always be kept clean and hygienic. Do not blow bubbles while bathing. You can give clean cold food to reduce the difficulty in the mouth. Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. Care should be taken not to scratch the pimples on the body. Do not allow other children to use clothing or toys.


Children should be taught to wash their hands thoroughly with soap after defecation and before eating. When coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth and wash your hands immediately to prevent the spread of the virus. Baby caregivers should wash their hands thoroughly before and after touching. This will prevent the disease from spreading to others. Infected children should not be left in anganwadis or schools. Avoid interacting with other children in the home during this period.

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