Be careful of Singapore’s flu. Because this condition is a contagious infection caused by a virus and is generally experienced by children, This disease is characterized by a rash on the mouth, hands, and feet.
Singapore Flu Alert
Singapore flu is an infection caused by the coxsackievirus . This virus lives in the digestive tract and is spread through dirty hands and surfaces contaminated with feces. The mode of transmission of this disease is through saliva, fluid rashes on the skin, feces, coughs and sneezes of an infected person.
People with Singapore flu usually experience a watery rash and canker sores on the mouth, hands and feet. Patients also sometimes experience injuries to the buttocks, elbows, knees, or groin. This condition is a harmless disease, does not require specific treatment, and can go away in two weeks. However, if the symptoms are left unchecked and not treated properly, the disease can lead to serious complications, such as meningitis and polio.
This disease usually begins with the appearance of a fever. A few days after that, canker sores or sores will appear around the gums, inner cheeks, and tongue. This condition causes people with Singapore flu to feel pain in the inside of the mouth, so it will be difficult to eat, drink, and swallow.
A few days after that a rash will appear on the palms of the hands and feet, sometimes the rash reaches the buttocks. Common symptoms that can occur in this condition include:
- Sore throat.
- No appetite.
- Rash on palms and soles.
- Pain in the tongue, gums, and the inside of the cheeks after a few days of having a fever.
- Pain in the abdomen.
Until now, there is no vaccine to prevent the Singapore flu from happening. People with Singapore flu can easily transmit this virus to others in the first seven days. After the symptoms subside, this virus can still survive in the sufferer’s body for a few days to several weeks, and is spread through saliva and feces.
There are several ways to prevent the spread of the Singapore flu, including:
- If this condition occurs in your little one, rest the child at home for a while, until his condition is completely recovered.
- Make it a habit to wash your hands thoroughly, especially after defecating, preparing food, changing diapers, or before eating.
- Clean areas contaminated with viruses by using soap and water.
- Keep the bathroom and home environment clean to avoid the virus.
- Teach your little one how to keep their own body clean. This is important, because children under the age of ten are prone to contracting the Singapore flu.
- Teach your little one not to share eating and drinking utensils while at school. Because keep in mind that Singapore flu can be infected through the saliva of the sufferer.
- Wash and sterilize toys and other objects that may have germs on them.
- Wash and sterilize contaminated clothing, sheets, and blankets with soap and hot water.
This condition is more common in children. However, even teenagers and adults can still be infected by this virus. Limit the chance of getting this disease by maintaining personal hygiene and the environment where you live.