Homeopathic Remedies for Hand Foot and Mouth Disease
Hand Foot and Mouth is a common childhood condition affecting mainly children under the age of 5. It is a skin condition that can be unpleasant and uncomfortable. It is a bacterial condition which is very similar to Impetigo and manifests as eruptions on the extremities and sometimes around the mouth as well as in the mouth.
1st stage symptoms are: –
- A sore throat
- Runny nose
- High temperature
- Loss of appetite
2nd stage symptoms are: –
- Mouth Ulcers
- Raised rash of spots on the hands and feet
- Spots turning into watery blisters.
The condition usually lasts between 7-10 days.
There is no need to quarantine but it is sensible to keep your child at home whilst they are feeling unwell. The condition is very contagious and is spread through contact such as hugging, kissing etc. It’s not dangerous but if you or your family have HFMD it is best to avoid pregnant women to avoid any birth complications.
Treatment advice is: –
- Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Eat soft foods such as yoghurt, jelly and ice cream.
- Bathe in an oatmeal bath to soothe the skin eruptions.
- Use Homeopathy
Homeopathy is really great for this condition, it brings relief and speeds the healing process.
The most common remedies are: –
Covers moist eruptions which have a yellowish look and tend to bleed on scratching. The pus might smell rank and the patient is child is likely to produce unpleasant sweat with alternating chills and heat especially at night. Their breath will smell and there will be a strong thirst for cold water. Glands around the head may be swollen.
Dry rough skin that has begun to look unhealthy. There are scabby eruptions which ooze matter that resembles funny honey. This discharge forms crusts which looks like granulated brown sugar. Eruptions can be slow to heal and are worse in the folds of the skin such as elbows creases. Often glands in neck are swollen. The child is chilly, miserable and weeps at any little thing.
When there is a fever, with redness of throat, sore throat, throbbing headache and swollen glands. Dilated pupils and red face with much heat. Pains will be throbbing, sharp, cutting. Sensitive to light and noise. Dry mouth and throat but with no thirst. Very restless.
Skin is worse for the heat of the bed causing the skin to itch and burn. Dry skin which is red. Itching worse at night and skin burns when scratched. Sulphur is very useful when other well indicated remedies do not complete the cure.
These are just a few of the most indicated remedies and as always there maybe others that are better suited to your particular symptoms. If in any doubt, please seek the advice of a professional Homeopath.
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