3 The symptoms of the virus
The most common symptoms of the disease which aren’t life threatening are flu like symptoms, fever, sore throat and red itchy rash like spots on the mouth, groin, hands, feet and mouth. The virus usually reaches a peak and clears up within a week or two at the most.
Whenever you notice symptoms such as these it is advisable to see a doctor immediately. Family members with HFMD should be kept confined at home to prevent the spread of the virus. Although the disease is like any other non fatal virus, still it could result in severe brain infections such as meningitis and encephalitis in those with weakened immunity. Some severe cases have resulted in children being afflicted for more than two weeks in which case, they could even lose their fingers or toes. But that is in extreme situations.