India is already reporting a record-high number of dengue cases. However, amid the surge in cases of dengue, children are being diagnosed with highly contagious hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) in Kolkata. Doctors have been reporting stray cases after the onset of monsoon in the city and now the count of HFMD cases is shooting up rapidly.
As per the report, though the infection is self-limiting, in some incidents, HFMD cases can turn severe and require hospital admission, particularly in younger kids.
People can experience some rashes in the mouth due to HFMD disease
Fever, rashes on the hands, buttocks, and feet, and mouth sores are some common symptoms of this disease. These rashes can be sore and scratchy. People can experience some rashes in the mouth due to HFMD disease and people can face difficulty in swallowing. A pediatric rheumatologist from the Institute of Child Health says that HFMD infection is usually mild but it is highly transmissible. Due to ulcers in the mouth, patients can experience pain in eating.
School-going children are at a higher risk of HFMD disease and can spread the infection to one another. HFMD infection is caused by Coxsackievirus. Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) has no specific treatment for this contagious infection.
Health experts from Medical College Hospital, Kolkata have been trying to contain the increasing number of HFMD cases. As of now, treatment that can provide only symptomatic relief is available. Although the pathogen is not very deadly, some kids, particularly younger ones, might not be able to consume water and food as they often feel pain in swallowing, which can lead to severe dehydration.
Doctors from Medical College Hospital Kolkata have advised that children who are diagnosed with HFMD infection should rest at home at least for a week which will help contain the transmission of the disease. Caregivers and parents should make sure that children are getting sufficient rehydration and encourage sick children to drink plenty of water. Healthcare providers predict that the wave of hand, foot, and mouth disease cases will continue until October 2023 in the city.