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Coxsackie Virus (cont.)

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What are Coxsackie virus infection signs and symptoms?

The most frequent signs and symptoms of Coxsackie viral infections start with fever, sore throat, malaise (feeling tired), and a poor appetite. This incubation period lasts about one to two days. Sore areas in the mouth develop in about a day or two after the initial fever and develop into small blisters that often ulcerate. Many infected people (usually children 10 years of age and younger) go on to develop a rash that itches on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. Other areas such as the buttocks and genitals may be involved. These symptoms usually last about seven to 10 days and the person recovers completely. The individuals are most contagious for about a week after symptoms begin, but because the virus can be shed by the infected individual sometimes for weeks after the symptoms have gone away, the person may be mildly contagious for several weeks. The last two references show pictures of the blisters.

Picture of characteristic mouth sores of hand foot and mouth disease
Picture of characteristic mouth sores of hand foot and mouth disease
Picture of characteristic rash and blisters of hand foot and mouth disease
Picture of characteristic rash and blisters of hand foot and mouth disease

Infrequently, the infection may result in temporary fingernail or toenail loss (termed onychomadesis). Rarely, the disease may progress to cause viral meningitis (headache, stiff neck), myocarditis (heart muscle infection), pericarditis (inflammation/fluid collection of the tissue surrounding the heart), or encephalitis (brain swelling).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/23/2012

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Source: MedicineNet.com
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