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How Is Coxsackie Virus Contagious?

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Coxsackie virus is seen most in children under 10 years of age. But adults do contract the virus. It is contagious. The incubation period may vary from 2-35 days depending on virus type. It can cause HFMD (hand foot mouth disease). The virus is more prevalent in the summertime. Common symptoms consist of:

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Poor appetite
  • Sore throat
  • Feeling tired
  • Painful blisters (sores) on the hands, mouth and feet
  • Mild flue like symptoms
  • Nausea
  • No symptoms
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Muscle aches
  • Headaches
  • Red blisters on the gums, cheeks and palate
  • Hemorrhagic Conjunctivitis (infection which affects the whites of the eyes) eye pain is present
  • Temporary loss of toenails and fingernails

Most cases of Coxsackie virus are simple and tend to resolve in about 7-10 days. There is no vaccine or anti-bacterial treatment for Coxsackie virus; fever can be alleviated with Tylenol or Motrin. To relieve other symptoms:

  • Cold milk will help soothe mouth sores
  • Drink plenty of fluids to help avoid dehydration
  • Stay away from acidic juices to prevent increase oral irritation of sores.
  • Topical solutions containing Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for foot and hand discomfort.

Be especially aware and contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:


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