Coxsackie virus

Kylie went to the doctor today because Tiffany noticed that she had little bumps that looked kind of like pimples on her hands, bottoms of her feet, around her mouth, and her diaper area. By the time they got to the doctors she had them going up her legs as well, and during the examination the doctor stated that she also had some on the back of her throat. As it turns out Kylie has the Coxsackie Virus, more accurately she has hand, foot, and mouth disease, which is a type of Coxsackie virus syndrome. According to the CDC (see the previous link), HFMD is usually not serious and “occurs mainly in children under 10 years old.”

Infants, children, and adolescents are more likely to be susceptible to infection and illness from these viruses, because they are less likely than adults to have antibodies and be immune from previous exposures to them. Infection results in immunity to the specific virus, but a second episode may occur following infection with a different member of the enterovirus group.

Kylie’s doctor basically said the same thing and that it was not really something to worry about. Even though certain people believe they know better than the doctor, I think he was right on the money, amazing how that whole seven years of medical school thing works, huh?

In any event, Kylie is going to be fine and there is nothing to worry about. Although this does make it a little difficult as Tiffany will now have to juggle some schedules to make sure Kylie has someone to watch her, as she is going to stay away from other children for a few days to prevent possible spreading. But in a few days things will be back to normal.

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