Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is a very contagious viral infection majorly caused by the coxsackievirus A16 (virus from the Enterovirus genus). This is a mild infection that can affect people of any age group but young children (often less than 5 years of age) are most commonly affected. Homeopathic treatment for hand, foot, and mouth disease help fight the viral infection and aid natural recovery.
Children in child care centers are at risk to catch the infection of hand – foot – and – mouth disease. In this condition sores appear in mouth and rash/blisters appears on hands and feet. One tends to contract this infection by coming in contact with saliva, respiratory droplets, fluid of blisters, feces of a person carrying this infection. The transmission of this disease also occurs via direct contact with objects that carries the viral agent of hand – foot – and – mouth disease.
Homeopathic Treatment for Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
Homeopathy is highly effective to manage the cases of hand, foot and mouth disease. With homeopathic medicine the complaint of sore throat, skin rash/blisters and mouth sores/blisters in hand – foot – and – mouth disease are managed in an excellent manner. The top remedies for hand, foot and mouth disease in children are Belladonna, Hepar Sulph, Phytolacca, Merc Sol, Borax, Sulphur, Graphites, Natrum Mur, and Rhus Tox.
1. Belladonna – For Managing Sore Throat
Belladonna is a top grade medicine for managing complaint of sore throat in hand – foot – and – mouth disease. Belladonna is prepared from a plant named Deadly Nightshade of the natural order Solanaceae. In cases needing Belladonna, there is pain and soreness in the throat. The throat is red, inflamed. Dryness in throat attended with a heated sensation arises. Swallowing is quite painful, even of liquids. Lump sensation is felt in the throat. Fever with marked heat in the body appears with the above symptoms.
2. Hepar Sulph – For Sore Throat with Pain Extending to Ear
Hepar Sulph is significant medicine for cases of hand – foot – and – mouth disease with a sore throat when pain throat extends to ear. Pain in the throat is there on swallowing or coughing. The throat is raw with enlarged reddish follicles. A plug of mucus is felt in the throat. Fever with chills accompanies the above symptoms.
3. Phytolacca – For Sore Throat in case of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
Phytolacca is prepared from plant Phytolacca Decandra of the natural order Phytolaccaceae. Pain in the throat with marked burning sensation is a major indication for using Phytolacca. The throat is inflamed and appear dark red / bluish red. The throat is rough and dry. The pain from throat may radiate to ear especially while eating.
4. Merc Sol – To manage Mouth Sores/Blisters
Merc Sol is a highly beneficial medicine to manage cases of hand – foot – and – mouth disease where sores/blisters appear in the mouth. For using Merc Sol the sores may appear on the tongue, gums, and inside of the cheek. Edges of sores are red. Mouth is inflamed. Mouth and tongue remain moist with increase salivation. An offensive, fetid smell may be present in the mouth. Merc Sol is also a high-grade medicine for treating sore throat in addition to above.
5. Borax – For Sores in Mouth
Borax is the next prominently indicated medicine for managing sores in the mouth in cases of hand – foot – and – mouth disease. The sores are painful and tender in cases needing Borax. The sores may have a tendency to bleed. Bleeding may arise from sores while eating or from touching. Mucus membrane of mouth is highly reddened and a heated sensation in the mouth may be present. The mouth also feels dry.
6. Sulphur – For Treating Skin Rash
Sulphur is a helpful medicine for treating skin rash in hand – foot – and – mouth disease. The rash may be itchy. Itching tends to get worse in the evening and night time. Scratching skin rash may lead to bleeding. Burning appears in skin rash on rubbing and the skin may be painful too. In some cases requiring Sulphur blisters may appear along with the skin rash.
7. Graphites – For Skin Rash with Dry Skin
Graphites is an effective medicine to treat skin rash with dry skin in cases of hand – foot – and – mouth disease. Affected skin is very rough and may be cracked too. Skin is raw and sore. Graphites is also a significant medicine to treat blisters on the skin with oozing of transparent and sticky, glutinous, honey-like discharges.
8. Natrum Mur – For Treating Skin Blisters
Natrum Mur is highly considered for treating skin blisters in cases of hand – foot – and – mouth disease. Blisters contain watery fluid where Natrum Mur is indicated. The fluid is clear. Pricking, stinging sensation on the skin may appear.
9. Rhus Tox – For Treating Blisters with Itching
Rhus Tox works well in cases of hand – foot – and – mouth disease with blisters that are itchy. The blisters may be filled with clear water, yellow fluid or milky fluid. The skin surrounding the blisters is markedly red. Itching in blisters gets worse after midnight in most cases where Rhus Tox is needed. The blisters are also sore to touch.
Symptoms of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
The symptoms of hand – foot – and – mouth disease are fever, sore throat, rash/blisters on palms, soles and buttocks in some cases, sores/blisters in the mouth (tongue, gums and inside of the cheeks), loss of appetite and irritability. Initially fever and sore throat appear and blisters and rashes appear later around one or two days after that.