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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What are the symptoms of hoof-and-mouth disease?

My 3 year old has been congested for several days with runny nose and yesterday said his right ear was hurting, tonight he woke up in pain complaining about his left eye which is swollen and red. Gave him childrens ibuprofin and he is resting now. Any ideas what might be going on and should I tke him into the emergency room now it s 1 am or to his doctor in the morning? There was a notice sent out from his school last week about a case of hoof and mouth disease, any connection?
Wed, 19 Jun 2019
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Neonatologist 's  Response

Hoof-and-mouth disease in animals can be transmitted to children as foot and mouth disease. This is a highly contagious viral infection presenting as rashes which may be vesicular in the hands, in glutei, on the soles and dorsum of the foot with ulcers in the mouth making swallowing and eating painful.

Your child has cold and nasal congestion for several days with ear pain. it looks like he has developed ear infection also. The ibuprofen has relieved the pain for the time being. He has an eye infection also. You should take him to your Doctor who will confirm the diagnosis.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Dr. Anil Kumar Bhatnagar, Pediatrician, Neonatology
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