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Diagnosed with hand, foot, mouth disease, mouth burning, red spots in throat, cheeks. What to do?

I have been diagnoised with hand , foot and mouth disease on Feb. 15 at which time I had the symptoms for at least a week. The symptoms went away by Wednesday, Feb. 20. Today I have these symptoms starting again. My symptoms were mouth burning and red spots in my throat and cheeks. I never had any spots on my hands or feet . Wondering if this is the same virus that flared up again? I understand you usually don t get it back once you ve had it. FYI, I m a 56 year old female. I did find a few people on the internet that said they had kept getting this back every so many months. They never said if it went away though. Also, I believe I received it from my husband who also has the same symptoms and he said his is flaring up again too. He s had his for 4+ weeks, and I ve had mine for 3 weeks. What to do?
Asked On : Sat, 2 Mar 2013
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Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Hand foot and mouth disease is caused by different viruses. The coxsackie A type 16 is the cause in most cases but there are at least 6 other types of coxsackie that can cause it and also enterovirus as well.

This is why it is possible to be infected more than once. Even though you may have developed immunity to the particular virus that caused the first infection there are other potential viruses that can cause this infection.

It is possible to prevent the spread or to prevent recurrence by washing your hands often with soaps and disinfectants, disinfecting surfaces and reducing any future contact (hugs, kisses sharing utensils) with persons that are infected.

In terms of treatment, it is mainly supportive . This means adequate fluid intake and treating any pain or fever with medication.

I hope this helps
Answered: Tue, 3 Sep 2013
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