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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Lucas - Chicken Pox or Hand Foot and Mouth Disease?

Lucas just turned one and we took him to the doctors for his 1 year standard immunization shots.
3 weeks later, Lucas had a slight fever, nothing too serious as he was still his playful self.
But after the fever wore off, he started to get bumps all over his hands, back, behind his knees and ankles.
The spots were like blisters all consentrated in areas where his ezema usually is. 

Maurice, my husband, also started to feel very ill. He had hot cold flashes, no appetite, sore throat and was so weak, I had to feed him soup. We all went to the clinic and baby was diagnosed with chicken pox and daddy was diagnosed with either strep throat or flu. 

Ok, this is normal, I thought, every child gets chicken pox and the earlier the better I guess, so he doesn't remember it. We stayed home 3 days (rough three days for me as I had to care for a big baby and a little one) . Lucas's spots started to disapear so I brought him to his grandma's for the day. Well well well, when I picked him up, grandma seemed "tired".  Maurice's sister, also mentioned, she didn't feel very well.
BOTH Maurice's sister and Maurice started to break out in bumps all over their hands and feet.

What is going on? Maurice's sister went to the doctors and was diagnosed with hand foot and mouth disease.
As of today, Maurice has recovered and is back to work, Lucas has recovered and with his grandma, Grandma is feeling better with no break outs, and I think Maurice's sister is back to work too.

and me? I feel fine. weird. Maybe it's my autoimmune that is keeping whatever this is away.


22 comments:

  1. Did Lucas have any sores in his mouth? How about your husband? That would definitely determine if it was Hand, Foot, and Mouth VS. Chicken Pox.

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  2. Also, take care and wash hands, bodily fluids, etc, because Hand, Foot, and Mouth is still contagious for weeks even though the person may seem like they are better.

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  3. FYI - hand, foot and mouth virus stays in the feces for about 2 months after the blisters clear up. Wash hands with soap and water after every diaper and/or use gloves.

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  4. So that break out that you noticed came along with fever and other symptoms and what medication was necessary really?

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  5. Yes Lucas had sores around his mouth and hands. My husband began to vomit and developed sores too. I too become sick, but no sores. Unfortunately no medication was prescribed and we were advised to just let it run its course. Thanks for reading!!!

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