September 23, 2015:
A confirmed case of hand, foot, and mouth disease has been reported at Azle Junior High School. Hand, foot, and mouth disease typically affects infants and older children, and it most often occurs in the summer and fall months. It is caused by a family of viruses called Coxsackie.
The illness usually begins with a moderate fever, but it gets its unusual name from the parts of the body it involves: small, round blisters develop inside the mouth usually on the tongue and the inside of the cheeks, but they can also appear on the lips, gums, and roof of the mouth. Small round fluid-filled blisters may also appear on the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, and between the fingers and toes. Children should not attend school during the acute phase of the illness (while mouth lesions are present or the student has a fever). This virus is spread by direct contact with the lesions or stool, through the air (by coughing or sneezing), and contact with contaminated objects and surfaces.
Other than keeping the child comfortable, there is very little to do for hand, foot, and mouth disease, as is true for many other illnesses caused by viruses. If fever makes the child uncomfortable, it can be treated with fever reducing and pain relieving medications, please consult your doctor. Though eating may be painful, a child with this illness should get plenty of fluids and they usually prefer cold liquids, frozen juice pops, or ice.
We hope this information is of help to you. Should your child show any of the above signs and symptoms please contact your family physician. If you have any questions please contact the School Nurse.