Hand-foot-and-mouth disease

Last Updated: 2021-12-20

Author(s): Anzengruber, Navarini

Dalldorf and Sickles 1984.

False foot-and-mouth disease.

  • Mostly occurring in the summer months
  • Mostly affects young children, but family members also present with corresponding symptoms
  • Incubation period: 3-5 days
  • Mostly caused by Coxsackie A16 virus, otherwise by strains A2, A5, A9, A10, B2, B3 and B5

Sore throat, fever, appearance of greyish vesicles enorally as well as palmoplantar. Healing after approx. 8-10 days.

  • Clinical presentation
  • If unclear, virus isolation from the throat is possible

If the hand-foot-and-mouth disease is caused by enterovirus 71, pulmonary hypertension as well as CNS involvement may occur.

  • Inform patients about the benign nature
  • Mometasone furoate cream, solution, ointment
  • Prednisolone p.o. 0.5-1.0 mg/kg/d, in tapering application frequency as shock therapy
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