Not Just for Kids: Hand, Foot, and Mouth

September 10, 2018

There’s an outbreak of hand, foot, and mouth disease. Already in several states, hand, foot, and mouth disease is continuing to spread (and will likely get a boost from the start of the school year). Although known as a childhood illness, adults can get it too. There are several viruses that cause hand, foot, and mouth disease, so don’t assume that you have immunity if you already had it once. (Different strains of hand, foot, and mouth may also have more or less severe symptoms!).

Since it’s a virus, the only thing to do if you catch it is ride it out—lots of rest, clear fluids, and maybe some mild/OTC pain medications. If you want to do more, you can support your immune system with colloidal silver.

Symptoms of hand, foot, and mouth disease start with fever, sore throat, and sometimes a runny nose before progressing to the characteristic rash. Hand, foot, and mouth disease rash is made up of small blisters around the mouth, and on the palms and soles of the feet. Different people might experience different symptoms based on immune system strength, and that there are different viruses circulating.

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is highly contagious. You’re most contagious when you have a fever or when the blisters are broken. You can reduce transmission risk of hand, foot, and mouth disease by frequently washing hands and following other basic hygiene steps. Steps should also be taken to clean toys and other surfaces if someone who has hand, foot, and mouth disease comes into contact with them.

With the outbreaks in multiple states, make sure to take care of yourself. Stay “caught up” on sleep, even if you aren’t sick so that your immune system is stronger, and make sure you’re getting all the nutrients your body needs. You can also support yourself with colloidal silver as a daily supplement, or if you become exposed to hand, foot, and mouth disease.

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