A mother has shared photos of her toddler after her & # 39; chickenpox & # 39; the worst case turned out to be hand, foot and mouth disease (& # 39; HFMD & # 39;) that & # 39; doctors had ever seen & # 39 ;.
Emma Reavley saw red spots on the back of her two-year-old daughter Emily & # 39; s neck on 25 April.
The eight-year-old mother then watched with horror as a result occurred before her eyes & # 39; spread, with Emily even struggling to swallow because of painful blisters on her mouth and throat.
Doctors at Hemel Hempstead's Urgent Care Center reportedly told the 41-year-old that it was just chickenpox and sent her home.
Hours later, the young person's temperature rose to 39 ° C (102 ° F), which led to Mrs. Reavley taking Emily to Watford General Hospital.
The doctors immediately diagnosed Emily with HFMD, with her as the third case they had seen that day.
The young person spent the next two weeks in & # 39; quarantine & # 39; to prevent the virus from spreading. Although recovered, it is still covered with scars from the ordeal.
Emily Reavley had the & # 39; worst case of hand, foot and mouth disease that doctors had ever seen & # 39; when the virus underwent hair from head to toe on red spots (seen on the left). Now fully recovered, her mother Emma (pictured right) claims it was initially rejected by chickenpox
Speaking of her daughter's symptoms, Mrs. Reavley said: “Emily started getting a few spots on her neck and I thought it was chickenpox. (My other daughter) Evie only had chickenpox three weeks earlier.
& # 39; In the beginning there were only a few, but it seemed as if they literally appeared before my eyes. As the day progressed, things got worse.
& # 39; Her whole body was covered and she had it in her mouth and in her throat. & # 39;
With their doctor on vacation, Mrs. Reavley and her husband Shaun (39) brought Emily to a pharmacist who advised to go to Hemel Hempstead's Urgent Care Center.
The young person was isolated for five hours, while doctors excluded measles and scarlet fever.
Doctors then treated Emily for chickenpox and sent her home, but the parents advised her to bring her back if she went downhill & # 39 ;.
Once she got home, Mrs. Reavley realized how serious her daughter's symptoms were.
As Emily's spots spread, I looked at them and thought: & # 39; they are not chickenpox & # 39 ;, & # 39; said Mrs. Reavley. & # 39; Because I have so many children, I know what they look like.
& # 39; I decided to keep an eye on them, but the next morning she was so bad that I knew something was wrong. & # 39;
Emily & # 39; s spots (left) appeared & # 39; before her eyes & # 39; and even made it hard for her to swallow as they spread in her throat. The two-year-old has returned to her old self (right) but still suffers from the scars of the ordeal, where it takes six weeks for her blisters to disappear completely
Emily was thought to have caught chickenpox from her sister Evie, four (pictured together)
Doctors initially sent the young woman home with her severe rash (left) after treating her for chickenpox, but her health deteriorated within hours. Mrs. Reavley saw red spots on Emily & # 39; s neck (right) for the first time on April 25 and took her daughter to a pharmacist
WHAT ARE THE DISEASE OF THE HAND, FOOT AND MOUTH?
Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a viral infection that causes lesions on the hands, feet and mouth of a patient.
It can also affect the buttocks and genitals.
The condition is not related to foot-and-mouth disease in animals.
HFMD is usually not serious and requires no treatment, but it can cause secondary infections if the skin is scratched.
It is most common in children under 10 years of age, with outbreaks in daycare centers and in schools.
How can it be distributed?
- Close personal contact, such as hugging an infected person
- The air when an infected person coughs or sneezes
- Contact with stools, such as changing diapers of an infected person, and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth before washing your hands
- Contact with contaminated objects and surfaces, such as touching a doorknob with viruses, and then touching your eyes, mouth or nose before washing your hands
The treatment focuses on adequate fluid intake, a gentle diet and pain killers, if necessary.
The parents hurried her to Watford General Hospital, where doctors finally recognized Emily's symptoms as HFMD. The infection causes blisters and skin rashes and is common in children under 10 years of age. It is not the same as foot-and-mouth disease that affects animals.
The toddler spent a few hours in the hospital, while doctors checked her heart rate and finally were allowed to go home.
Mrs. Reavley was given a throat spray to relieve the pain of the sores in Emily's throat.
She was also told that she should give her daughter allergy relief tablets and apply E45 cream to her sore skin.
Doctors also warned that Emily should be kept away from all other children.
& # 39; Fourteen days are so long to keep a child in quarantine, & # 39; said Mrs. Reavley.
& # 39; She saw everyone go out and play. It was really shocking for her. & # 39;
As she recovered, Emily's itchy skin made her feel uncomfortable & # 39; wandering around & # 39 ;.
& # 39; She wanted to be held, but when I tried to hold her, she was in pain from the blisters on her skin, & # 39; said Mrs. Reavley.
& # 39; She got rid of her food because of the sores in her throat.
& # 39; She was so cold that she was shaking, but her temperature was so high that we couldn't warm her up.
& # 39; It was terrible. Seeing her like that was heartbreaking.
& # 39; I never want to experience it again. & # 39;
Five days after her quarantine, Emily finally came back to herself, but it took six weeks for her blisters to disappear completely.
After the diagnosis, Emily spent two weeks in & # 39; quarantine & # 39; (left) to prevent the virus from spreading. Mrs. Reavley received an E45 cream to spread over Emily & # 39; s irritated neck (right)
Now recovered, Emily is a & # 39; completely different child than the poor in the photo & # 39; s & # 39;
& # 39; Looking at her now, she is a very different child from the one in the photos when she was poor, & # 39; said Mrs. Reavley.
Emily still has scars from the ordeal and endured the looks of strangers as she lay in red spots shortly after her recovery.
& # 39; When she came to the stores with me, they got people who were allowed to look outside, & # 39; said Mrs. Reavley. & # 39; People look like they say & # 39; oh my god, what is that child? & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I would do exactly the same because I would be concerned that they were contagious, but we would never have taken the risk of removing Emily while she was still contagious.
Mrs. Reavley spoke out to raise awareness of HFMD.
& # 39; I never knew HFMD could be so extreme & # 39 ;, she said. & # 39; It's not just a matter of a few spots on their hands, feet and mouth. Emily was mostly unlucky, but it can spread and be so serious. & # 39;
Mrs. Reavley also wants other parents to know how important it is to keep an affected child isolated.
& # 39; I should tell every parent whose child has HFMD to follow doctor's orders and keep them in quarantine for two weeks because it is so contagious and in the air & she said.
& # 39; If you just take them to the park or take a walk around the block, they can pass it on to another child without even touching them.
& # 39; That's so unfair for that child and his parents, who have to experience it. It was really awful. & # 39;
Dr. pediatrician consultant Ramesh Chaniyil, of West Hertfordshire Hospital NHS Trust, who manages the Urgent Care Center, said: & We are pleased to hear that Emily has fully recovered.
& # 39; It can be very easy to miss HFMD at an early stage, because the blisters can resemble those that appear with chickenpox.
& # 39; HFMD is caused by a virus and the characteristics of the disease range from mild to severe.
& # 39; In general, HFMD is self-healing, meaning it will disappear within a few days, and you can treat the symptoms with painkillers and by staying hydrated.
He added: & # 39; Sometimes with foot-and-mouth disease, mouth ulcers make it hard to swallow and then you have to go to the hospital for evaluation and possible treatment with intravenous fluids and pain killers.
& # 39; At the hospital, children may also need to be treated with antibiotics for suspected bacterial infections. & # 39;
Pictured on the left are the red sores that cover Emily & # 39; s face. The rash (right) itched and made Emily scream for comfort, but her blisters were too painful to be held
As soon as the rash began to fade (seen on the left), strangers feared, they stared out of her fear that her condition was contagious. Emily & # 39; s mother and father Shaun (pictured right) never knew that hand, foot and mouth disease could be so serious. They hope to raise awareness
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