Your Health: Symptoms and treatment of Coxsackie

- FILE - Coxsackie virus, also known as Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (WTNH)
- FILE - Coxsackie virus, also known as Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (WTNH)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – It’s a very common virus and contagious. Generally, it affects kids more than adults.

It has an unusual name, Coxsackie Virus. Though most of us know it as hand, foot and mouth disease.

That’s due to the red rash, which typically show up on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet and the back of the throat.

Dr. Richard Uluski with Pediatric and Medical Associates says it’s looks much worse than it is.

The rash he says, which appears to be filled with fluid, is not at all itchy or painful.

But the virus can easily spread anywhere there are a lot of people and in a close environment.

And they can come down with flu-like symptoms.

“Most teenagers tend to get more of the adult symptoms, the runny nose, the cough, the congestion especially if they’ve had Coxsackie in the past,” says Dr. Uluski,”

But for teenagers who haven’t had Coxsackie in the past, they might develop that rash, that sore throat, that feeling of I don’t want to eat because it hurts so much.”

Dr. Uluski says some kids can get dehydrated.

Treatment he says — is time, along with acetaminophen or ibuprofen. It can take five to 14 days to recover from it.

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