Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) is a viral infection prevalent here in Singapore. The disease is caused by Coxsackie virus and it is a common childhood infection. The gestation period is three to give days. Sometimes HFMD will last from two days to two weeks depending on the case or the severity. Generally, all can be affected but the children (below five years) are more vulnerable to HFMD. The disease or infection is usually mild and non-threatening but sometimes, there are serious complications.
It is important that we know basic things about HFMD. There is no such thing as perfect medical treatment and prevention so this disease will surely recur if people ignore it. We should not be worried because the government is helping us with the things that we need to know. In fact, the Singapore MOH made a special page for HFMD so people will know about it. Here are some things that you need to know about HFMD:
- Transmission: Let it be known that HFMD is contagious. This means that it can be spread from one person to another thru direct contact like nasal discharge, saliva and the like. The infection is contagious in the whole duration of the illness but as it recedes, the illness is less contagious.
- Symptoms: You should learn to identify the symptoms. A child or an adult with HFMD will likely to suffer from sore throat, fever, poor appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, mouth ulcers, rashes, blisters and weariness. It is important that you identify the symptoms right.