HFMD - not a mild virus!

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Hello all - 

I’m in the midst of HMFD. It looks to be on its way out. But boy this was NOT a mild virus like the websites and my doctor said it would be. It started out normal, but wow did it itch and burn!  Here’s what I experienced and what OTC remedies I used. I contracted it from my 1 year old niece and she had a much milder case than I did! 

Day 1: mild sore throat and 101 fever 

Day 2: searing terrible sore throat, 101 fever and red spots on back of throat. 

Day 3: little red pimples, super itchy, started appearing on my fingers. 

Day 4: full blown red spots and blisters on hands and feet. One blister on my tongue, and no more red spots on my throat. My hands were so itchy I thought I was going to pass out. I also developed a ring of scabs / bumps around my ears, beneath my hair, and sort of around the hairline in the back of my head. Not itchy at all but really dry and scabby. 

Day 5: same as day 4, although my feet started to swell where the red spots and blisters were. Miserable! 

Day 6: itching has fully disappeared but red spots and blisters are still here. They are dry now. No pain or burning any longer, but some tenderness. 

What remedies I used: 

Nyquil (day one and two only, as I thought I had a cold) 

Antihistamine - helped a lot! (After day one and two when I knew it was HFMD, and only sparingly, as I had a prescription anti-inflammatory I used instead for the remaining days). 

Lavender oil - small soothingness 

Aloe Vera gel - my saviour 

Oats and water - made into a paste and applied to hands and feet - also my saviour! 

Head and shoulders shampoo for my scalp scabs. 

It was hour by hour what would help. In the end only the oats and water and the anti-inflammatory would ease the itching long enough for me to nap. 

Folks this is a TERRIBLE virus! 

I hope it all goes away soon. At least I’m not itching anymore! I don’t wish this on anyone. Geez what an ordeal. 

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