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Hand foot and mouth.... in an adult!

(11 Posts)
TheDetective Mon 17-Feb-14 21:10:57

Arghhhhhhhhhhhh help me!

My 12 year old has infected the world household with HF&soddingM. He already had it when he was 3. Found out you can get it more than once... thanks son!

So now my 14 month old has it (and is surprisingly chipper considering the state he is in!) and so do I!!

WAAAAH! I'm so itchy, my hands are tingling, and slightly numb in places. What can I try to soothe my blistering mitts?!

Calomine no good. Ice made them even more numb but still itchy and tingly.

Anyone else had it as an adult? Why is the baby (and the elder!) holding up okay, while I'm a fizzing bottle of itch?!

I'm in such a bad mood over this. I'm on an annual leave week at work, and now we're all fecking quarantined! Add to that the awful awful headache/sweat/fever combo that kickstarted it all started on my first day off work. That was hideous. I did lose 4lb purely from sweating and the inability to eat. Small mercies.

Any advice? Please?!

meepsmum Mon 17-Feb-14 21:15:04

My ds got it last summer and I got it too.
Try virasoothe gel for chicken pox on the blisters. Didn'tstop the Iitching or tingling but think it helped. Other than that I'm afraid its just a case of sitting it out...yuck!

blueberrycupcake Mon 17-Feb-14 21:20:41

I had it about a year ago when my DD had it. It was awful! The pain in my feet was horrendous. I didn't use anything for my hands and feet but I did use difflam spray for my mouth which made a huge difference. I was able to eat a little after using it.
I hope you feel better soon!

Fizzyfuzzy123 Mon 17-Feb-14 21:26:22

I had it last nov and so did my baby. Luckily he only had it on his hands and feet but mine was mainly in my mouth and It was so painful blisters all over my tongue yuck couldn't eat or swallow. It did pass after a about 5 days my hands did have blisters on them but because my mouth was so painful i didn't think my hands were that bad. Sorry not much use x

ilovepicnmix Mon 17-Feb-14 21:29:30

I got it from my baby and had mouth ulcers from hell. You have my sympathy.

CrazyOldCatLady Mon 17-Feb-14 21:34:48

I had it last year. I was shocked at how painful it was - I could barely walk! I didn't find anything helped particularly though.

Goldrill Mon 17-Feb-14 21:50:47

Ooh it's vile! I don't know why it's always played down in adults. Had it twice and just got the mouth ulcers as am quite prone to them anyway. Steroids from the chemist (little tablets you slide around your mouth) and a mouthwash made by dissolving a dispersible aspirin in very hot water. Get well soon!

BeaWheesht Mon 17-Feb-14 21:56:03

I had it in November, I also had tonsillitis at the same time so it was just fab. I didn't find anything really helped tbh, sorry.

TheDetective Mon 17-Feb-14 22:01:38

Oh no! I am still awaiting mouth ulcers... just hands, and a couple on feet so far.

I am dreading the morning!

What did you do to help your babies? His is really red and inflamed. The GP proclaimed to not have seen such a violent HF&M rash in a little one. Filled with hope there! grin

I shall send DP out with a list of essentials!

I am now in bed. Ignoring. Itching my feet on the sides of the bed.

BeaWheesht Mon 17-Feb-14 23:26:21

I only got a couple in my mouth towards the end.

My kids didn't catch it from me somehow but I think ds had t aged 3/4 and had about 50 ulcers - I just did lots of fluids, cuddles and distraction tbh. Piriton might help?

Reinette Tue 18-Feb-14 21:02:15

Ugh I caught it two summers back from a friend's daughter. I couldn't walk for days, forget about picking things up. Thank god that, on the whole, I avoided the "mouth" elements. You have my total sympathy sad so sorry for all of you, but especially you who has to care for sick little ones while in such pain yourself thanks

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