Hand, Foot And Mouth Disease is sometimes misdiagnosed as Strep Throat

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Strep Throat, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Hand, Foot And Mouth Disease.

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is a contagious viral infection caused by the coxsackie virus. It is characterised by sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet. It is a disease of childhood and there is no treatment except for increased hygiene and management for the symptoms. It can be misdiagnosed as other conditions with common dermatological presentations such as strep throat or impetigo.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Fever, painful red blister-like lesions inside mouth, sore throat, feeling unwell, non itchy blistering red rash on palms and soles and buttocks, loss of appetite, irritability in infants and toddlers

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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