Annual Recurring Hand Foot and Mouth disesase??

Heather - posted on 07/02/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 14 and this is the 3rd year in a row that she has gotten hand foot and mouth disease. It happens every summer, every month of the summer, and then she doesn't see it again until the next year. The first time she came down with the symptoms the doctor told us what it was and said that because of her period that her immune system must be down and that she contracted the disease. When she got it again the next month she said that it probably would take a few months to run its course....fast forward to 3 years later and she gets it every summer.



Anyone else have a child that gets HFM recurring like this? I feel bad because it hurts her to bend her hands and she gets self conscious when her peers see her red blotches on her hands, elbows, knees, and feet. Thankfully she has never gotten them in her mouth. I now have an infant and I hope she doesn't get sick.

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Yeah, if she is getting fever then I would say HFM. It is weird that she gets it every year, she must be very susceptable (sp?) to the virus. To try and keep your little one from catching it, it's very important that as soon as the symptoms first appear in your daughter make sure you are all very strict with your hygiene. No towel sharing and make sure there is frequent hand washing. Sorry I couldn't offer more help.

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Edie - posted on 07/04/2012

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oh jesus i didn't know you could get it again and again. my 21 year old just got it last month and thinks she has it again this month. she gets the blisters all over her hands feet and her throat is just a mess of blisters, so she can't eat or drink anything. the doctor said the virus usually doesn't hit older kids, but my daughter's immune system isn't too great and she's a very small person. also, she usually gets the blisters in her throat every year, but we always thought it was strep throat, as the blisters on her hands and feet only started appearing last month. it could be very possible she gets it once and year, but we didn't know because it wasn't as severe as the last time. The only advice i can think of is to just change her toothbrushes after the virus subsides, also her sheets, towels, etc. she's come in contact with. Also, soaking hands and feet in salt water is a good bet as well.

Heather - posted on 07/03/2012

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She always gets a mild fever a few days before the red blotches show up and then after the blotches go away her skin peels and then she's fine until the next month. She has an apt with her doctor for her yearly check up next month and I'm going to ask about this...again. From everything that I have read about the disease, it looks like it's just a virus but why she gets it every year is beyond me.

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Are you sure it is HFM? Because it sound more like dermatitis or eczema to me. My 9 year old gets it every summer also (eczema/dermatitis) and is prescribed a mild steroid cream to help with the redness and itchiness. She is also supposed to avoid soaps on her skin and when the inflammation has gone she is to rub sorbolene cream into her skin to stop it becoming dry. Dry skin is more likely to harbour infection and become sore.

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