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Have any of you ever had Foot and Mouth disease as an adult, and what did you do about it?

Asked by SQUEEKY2 (14621points) August 5th, 2014

I caught this nasty bug, and now in full break out mode.
The Doctor says no work for 8 to 10 days and Tylenol for the pain and I will be fine, what I don’t get is this mainly attacks kids, which I haven’t been around in months and I work alone, but enough of that, what did you do for it?

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SQUEEKY2's avatar

And please no links, I would like to hear from you, I have looked it up,and seen some clips on you tube about it as well.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Are you sure you don’t mean hand, foot and mouth disease? Foot and mouth disease usually only affects cloven hoofed animals.

jca's avatar

There is no such thing as “Foot and Mouth Disease” for humans. It’s called “Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.”

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Oh I stand corrected boy that clears alot NOW as an adult have any of you had Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease.
I’m a Truck driver not a freakin Doctor.

hearkat's avatar

Hand, Foot and Mouth disease is from the Coxsackie virus, and like other viruses (e.g. chicken pox, shingles, etc.) it is contagious and has to “run its course” for your body to develop enough antibodies to fight it off. You’re not allowed to work in order to avoid spreading it to others, and the acetaminophen is for pain relief. These types of viruses are usually described as being more painful for adults than kids. I’m not sure if antiviral medications that are used when a person has a herpes outbreak will help with coxsackie.

I have not had it myself. A friend quarantined her self and her kids last week because one of them had recently been exposed, but thus far they haven’t caught it. My son had it when he was three (20 years ago) and he had numerous, really bad sores – like dozens of canker sores – in his mouth and throat, but he never really got it on his hands; and thankfully, neither his father nor I got it.

I hope you’re feeling better soon. Try to enjoy the down time!

Quakwatch's avatar

I had it as an adult – I was 32 at the time – and it knocked me for a loop for more than a week. I had blisters on my hands, ankles and buttocks, severe back pain, headache, neck stiffness and a fever. This was around the time of the early days of West Nile, and given the back pain, headache, neck stiffness and fever I thought I probably had a viral meningitis from either West Nile or the Coxsackie virus. Seeing as I wasn’t deathly ill, but just mildly incapacitated, I laid on the couch for nearly a week and made a full recovery. I really didn’t want a lumbar puncture to tell me I had a viral process, for which there would be no treatment anyway. It was not fun times though.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Guess I’m just going to have to let it run it’s course and enjoy the off time ,just wish I could go golfing.

Quakwatch's avatar

@SQUEEKY2 I don’t understand the doctor telling you not to work. If you are feeling better, that’s enough. No one ever told me to stay home, I just felt lousy.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

I’m in the real early break out stage and the blisters on my feet are really painful, plus he said I am super contagious for the first 6 to 10 days.
Guess I am lucky none on my ass or mouth mostly my feet and quite a few on my hands plus have a bad sore throat.

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