Easy to find remedies for hand, foot and mouth disease
Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is common in infants and young children. It usually causes fever, painful sores in the mouth, and a rash on the hands and feet. So, here are 3 easy to find remedies for hand, foot and mouth disease that will help you cope with this viral infection symptoms.
According to the CDC, HFMD commonly affects infants and children younger than 5 years old, because they do not yet have immunity (protection) to the viruses that cause hand, foot and mouth disease, which are classified as enteroviruses. It is usually caused by the Coxsackie virus (CV) A16 but other viruses can also cause HFMD.
Just like all viruses it can be spread via coughing, sneezing, feces and touching objects infected with the virus. Besides the painful sores in the hand, foot and mouth, it can cause paralysis in the same way it may happen if you have been infected with the poliovirus. This is because HFM viruses fall under the umbrella of enteroviruses, which can incur in neurological complications. Therefore, it is important to find natural ways to cope with the symptoms of this viral disease, but also consume remedies that will help your immunity do its job.
As with any viral disease, there is a need to do two things: 1) boost immunity and 2) deal with the symptoms, which commonly are: fever, mouth ulcers, and blisters in the hand and foot and in the case of infants, a nappy rash may also appear. So, here are the easy to find remedies for hand, foot and mouth disease.
1) Boost immunity to fight hand, foot and mouth disease
The first remedy that can be consumed when dealing with hand, foot and mouth disease is not really a manipulated remedy but a type of food. The food in question are mushrooms, because many types of mushrooms have been studied and proven to boost immunity, as well have been shown to have a variety of healing capabilities. Certain mushrooms like shiitake,reishi and turkey tail have been found to be to kill viruses.
Banana is another food that has been reported to have antiviral capabilities because it has been shown have an impressive ability to help Ebola, hepatitis C, Sars and HIV patients recover.
You can also try boosting your immunity by consuming natural probiotics like camel’s milk, which has been shown to benefit autistic patients and also consume prebiotics foods, like cranberries, which have been reported to aid the gut microbiome. Alternativelly, seek your local health shop for a good brand of probiotics.
2) Dealing with the symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease
Some of the remedies that reduce fever naturally and provide other health benefits are reported to be: peppermint tea, tamarind extract and thyme extract. Olive leaf extract is another natural antiviral and antipyretic, that has even been shown to inhibit cancer cells.
Manuka honey can be used in the ulcers by dabbing a cotton ball and putting a bit of the honey on top of the ulcer. It can also be ingested to nourish the body and soothe the irritated throat. This is one of the best medicinal honeys, because it has been proven to have antiviral and antibacterial capabilities.
Baking soda is also a good home remedy for mouth ulcers caused by hand, foot and mouth disease. Thetoptenremedies.com suggests that for mouth ulcers we can simply: Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with a little water to make a thin paste. Dab it on the affected area. Repeat this several times a day. Though there is no scientific evidence observing that baking soda heals mouth ulcers, we do know that viruses are ph sensitive, and we also know that baking soda will neutralize acidity, hence its worth a try.
Coconut oil can also be used topically in the mouth or ingested because it has antiviral and antibacterial capabilities plus many other health benefits.
blisters on hands and feet
Calamine lotion dries blisters and reliefs itchy skin. So, this is the ideal remedy to have handy when blisters are popping because of hand, foot and mouth disease. If you are allergic to it you may want to try aloe vera gel, which will relief the itchiness and is able provide other health benefits.
For a nappy rash caused by hand, foot and mouth disease, there is nothing better than using a zinc oxide ointment. Many researches have proven that zinc oxide creams can be a treatment and prevention for herpes labialis and to combat molluscum contagiosum, both of which are skin rashes caused by viruses.
It is important to maintain cleanliness when treating someone with hand, foot and mouth or treating yourself. So, washing hands and brushing the teeth, at least three times a day, in between the naturally remedies applications will help speed up the blister healing process. Equally important is to maintain hydration and food intake, obviously if the mouth is sore you may prefer eating soups and pasty non- acidic foods. If you want ideas on how to prepare healing baths to deal with the skin issues caused by HFMD, then click here.