Not sure if my son has Hand, Foot and mouth or Chicken pox...how will I tell the difference?

Adene - posted on 08/17/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Has little spots/blisters mainly on his hands and feet, but know noticing a few on his legs...spots not blisters. Tongue is sore and temp is ok.

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Sarah - posted on 09/20/2011

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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

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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.

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User - posted on 07/09/2014

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My son 18m had what i thought was a diper rash then after a second d.p change i notice that didnt look normal for a d.p rash like 50/100 red pimple looking spots on the groin .then i notice hes hot so i take his temp 37.8 i gice jim tylonel. He seemed extra whiny i thought ok i know hes teething ..but hed sleepy just laying there eyes open ..hmm i thought then that afternoon i notice this rash is spreading. So by late afternoo the rash is on his legs bit on belly arms ..so then i googled pics of rashes and came across cp hfm impatago i started to pannic :-( on thr way to emerg i went ...end up by then reaching his face alot more spots everywhere lips cheeks arms belly thighs groin EVERYWHERE. find out my lil guy had hfm :-( .. and its like cp cant be treated :-( does half to run its course ..later that night his face looked so bad it almost looked like massive burn all over skin patches i mean it looked nasty :-( ..so i just been using anti ich aveeno ..n aveeno bath wash seem to help let him soak in the tub lil longer then usual ....today he had an appt with the dr he said it was we saw lots red bumps top of his lil mouth. All over his hands n feet now :-( he told me use oral gel in his mouth and just tylonel should be starting to go away by the weekend..so his symptoms was pimple like red rised bumps along the thigh along the diper two his legs and so on with a temp of 37.8-38.6 sleepy looking unwell bit of a cough here n there non stop weeping and screams oug of nowhere :-( it also says the spots appear within a week from contacting it ..he was at a splash park took his shoes off for maybe few mins :-( ..

Carol - posted on 09/22/2011

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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.

Sandy - posted on 09/13/2011

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Hand, Foot Mouth Disease is a form of Chicken Pox. It has to run it's course just like CP. One of my sons had it and I didn't know, but I also had it, even though I had CP when I was young.

Jennie - posted on 09/10/2009

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Chicken pox tends to start in warm, moist areas such as the armpits, backs of knees, groin area, etc. It sounds like hand foot and mouth to me.

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