Thursday, October 16, 2008

Pox watch, day 13

We seem to have a pretty grumpy 4 year old with a low grade fever. Perhaps we will see spots this weekend.


Courtney Fisk said...

you have me wondering if my kids had the pox?! They both has red spots on their feet and hands, I thought they had hand, foot and mouth, but neither of them had anything in their mouth! And they both had fevers!!! I hope that that is what they had---it was a very mild case if it was.

The Mama said...

That link has pictures of what stuff looks like if it helps any. Generally pox starts on the trunk of the child and then moves to the limbs but there's always things that don't follow the general rules!! If it was blistery and then crusted over it might have been pox. It usually takes a 7-14 days from the time the spots show up til the time they are completely crusted and gone for chicken pox. I think mouth, hand, and foot passes more quickly than that, like 4-6 days or so.

The Mama said...

Ahhh, here you go, information:

What is hand-foot-and-mouth syndrome?

Hand-foot-and-mouth syndrome (HFM) is a viral infection characterized by fever and a typical rash most frequently seen on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and inside the mouth. It should not be confused with foot (hoof) and mouth disease that affects cattle, sheep, and swine.

What are the symptoms of hand-foot-and-mouth syndrome?

HFM is most commonly an illness of the spring and fall seasons. Initial symptoms of mild fever (101-102 degrees) and malaise are followed within one or two days by a characteristic rash. Small (2-3 mm) red spots that quickly develop into small vesicles (blisters) appear on the palms, soles, and oral cavity. The gums, tongue, and inner cheek are most commonly involved. The foot lesions may also involve the lower calf region and rarely may appear on the buttocks. Oral lesions are commonly associated with a sore throat and diminished appetite.

The article said later than it is usually over in a week or less. Chicken pox lasts a little longer.

Courtney Fisk said...

must have been hand and foot then! Darn! ;) Thanks for the info though!