Not sure if my son has Hand, Foot and mouth or Chicken pox...how will I tell the difference?
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Sarah - posted on 09/20/2011
my one yr old recently had it. the only place he didn't have spots was his tongue, but it HFM does usu go there with sores. ER dr, nurses and his pediatrician told me. chicken pox would be swollen like blisters with heads and there would be a fever. and the blisters would be certain places HFM sores wouldn't/vice verse
There is nothing you can do (depending on his age) there are no meds for it, it's just a virus, it will run its course in at most 3-4 weeks the spots to be gone. he's contagious to other kids for 5 days, and trim his nails. a little bennadryl creme ONLY if necessary for itchy, otherwise keep him distracted.
not one of the drs said CP and HFM are in the same family, I don't think thats right sandy. (not trying to be mean, just they're not same family at all)
Just google some pix and keep an eye on them. give him tylenol for now. GL
Robiah - posted on 08/17/2009
My kids got the HFM earlier. Normally, covered with blisters on hands and feet. Mouth could be in form of ulcers and not develop any fever though. Watery eyes. However, chicken pox will start with high fever with muscle/joint aches for few days before the spot/blister develops. The blisters are different from those of HFM. The blisters will cover from head to toe then only the temperature will subside. It is most probably that your kid is getting HFM. Why don't you get professional advise for better assurance and treatment.
Carol - posted on 09/22/2011
By chance, I went to doctor and during my consultation told him my daughter had chicken pox loads of spots, he told me girls can have a certain medicine, long time ago now can't recall the name, she was very ill with it, high temperature full of cold and wanted to sleep loads, over 100 spots on face alone. She took the medicine plus Calpol and after a week finally returned to normal. It reduces the chances of scaring which is why they give it to girls not boys unless really bad.
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