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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD)

Three weeks ago, my 3,5 years-old nephew, caught a fever and somekind of allergy where his palms and soles were itchy and red small bumps appeared. After sometime, his sister had it too!
My sister took them to a their doctor and they received  medicine from him.
Eza got it from next door kid.
According to the doctor, it's called Singapore Virus. Kids often get infected at the mall. For kids, they will get bumps and itch on the mouth or tongue, besides palms and soles

I thought adults will be safe from this disease. But alas! On Thursday, Feb 26, I felt sore all over my body. I thought it was just because I was tired from driving and working. On Friday, Feb 27, I took a day off and called my masseur.
On Saturday and Sunday, I had my activities as usual. A bit sleepy, but I managed to get through the day.
On Monday, Feb 27, I went to see one of y aunties. When chit chat with her, I felt my body got warmer.
It was difficult for me to drive home as I felt worse.
Tuesday, I asked for day off again. Temperature was high and I had headache. It turned out my sister had same symptoms and she even had higher temperature.
We went to see a doctor at 24 hours-clinic near our house. I showed the bumps, he said, oh HFMD without explaining what it was (not good, huh?)... On the billing, he just puts ISPA for my diagnose. ISPA is  infection of breathing channels (huh? what?)
I started to see red bumps on my palms and hands. Oh my goodness! My hands were stiff and it hurts holding things.
On Wednesday evening, headache was gone. Red bumps appeared more and more on palms and soles. Weird feeling when I step my feet on the floor. I also had sore throat, difficult to speak and swallow :(
On Thursday, March 1, I went to work, but at the end of the day I felt exhaustion.
I decided to take another day off on Friday, and went to another doctor at Sari Asih Hospital. He gave us anti-virus and medicated hand cream for the itch.

What is Hand, foot and mouth disease ?
Taken from and Wikipedia:

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common, mild illness caused by a type of virus called an enterovirus.

It is usually caused by the coxsackie A virus, but in some cases can be caused by the coxsackie B or the enterovirus 71 virus.

Hand, foot and mouth disease gets its name from the non-itchy rash that develops on the palms of your hands and soles of your feet. It can also cause ulcers in your mouth and make you feel generally unwell, although some people have no symptoms.
HFMD usually affects infants and children, and is quite common. It is moderately contagious and is spread through direct contact with the mucus, saliva, or feces of an infected person. It typically occurs in small epidemics in nursery schools or kindergartens, usually during the summer and autumn months. The usual incubation period is 3–7 days.

It is uncommon in adults, but those with immune deficiencies are very susceptible.

Woow, what an experience!


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