Do you have skin that’s peeling, cracked or sore? If you do, it may be due to a viral infection called hand-foot-and-mouth disease . This condition typically affects children and is caused by the coxsackievirus. In most cases, HFMD causes blisters or sores on the hands, feet, and mouth but it can also lead to peeling skin in these areas.
If your child has been diagnosed with HFMD or if you suspect they may have this condition based on their symptoms, continue reading for tips on how to relieve peeling skin and help them feel better.
1. Keep the affected area clean
First things first: the affected areas need to be kept clean at all times. Use lukewarm water and mild soap to gently cleanse the area around blisters or ulcers without scrubbing too hard as this may cause more damage. Rinse well and pat dry using a soft cloth.
2. Moisturize regularly
Moisturizing frequently can help soothe itching associated with HFMD peeling skin. After washing your child’s skin apply a thin layer of mild moisturizing lotion such as petroleum jelly to keep their damaged skin hydrated.
3. Apply pain relief balms
Pain relieving ointments made specifically for HFMD are available over-the-counter at local chemists/pharmacies which might alleviate discomfort from blistering acting like an enhancing thermal pad providing soothing-for-pain & relaxation action when applied topically over blistered areas during healing period.
4. Avoid scratching
As tempting as it may be especially for kids who would find anything interrupting playtime unacceptable; resist temptation from excessive picking/scraping/squeezing off peeled-off folds/flakes of raising chances of secondary infection. This could lead to further injury or cause rashes, irritations that worsen the condition.
5. Cool compresses
Cold compresses using damp cloths soaked in cold water work well on HFMD peeling skin blisters too- Rinsing swollen sores with cool water also help relieve some of the pain and reduce inflammation by decreasing temperature just like ice cubes would under mild temperatures. These can be done for a few minutes- several times throughout the day if required.
6. Oral medications
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen may assist with relieving overall discomforts from pain to fever caused by HFMD infections since it typically has high fever running alongside its progress.
Whether you’re taking care of your little ones at home or at school, it can be challenging dealing with their health sometimes. But these tips should give you an idea of how to relieve symptoms such as peeling skin from Hand-foot-and-mouth disease while taking better precautionary measures against spreading infection. Remember that this process can take time varying across stages involved but these steps are necessary towards speedy recovery for those affected!
Q:Can adults get hand-foot-and-mouth disease?
A: Yes! You most definitely cannot rule out contracting coxsackievirus which causes HFMD when exposed through contaminated objects/surfaces/food-sharing/etc.
Q:How do I know if my child has HFMD?
- A: Usually, children diagnosed with hand-foot-and-mouth disease experience symptoms like fever, headache and feeling weak/tired along side small red bumps that may turn into ulcers/blisters/scabs on hands/soles/mouth for about four-seven days before fading away
Q:What is the duration of contact/precausion?
- A: Close contact with infected persons may cause transmission of HFMD, Thus quarantining sources is necessary- With a list of dos‘& don’ts hands should be washed frequently and avoid sharing tables/sinks/everyday objects during this time even after the main symptoms have subsided.
Q:How often should we wash infected areas?
- A: Infected areas that are exposed to environment forces like breathing & sweating almost unavoidablly would require washing at least thrice daily until recede which might extend upto two weeks, away from public engagement as much as possible.