Hand Foot and Mouth Disease (Coxsackievirus)
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that hand, foot, and mouth disease can cause red spots in the roof of the mouth that can develop into painful blisters. This disease usually affects infants and children younger than 5 years old. Other symptoms may include:
- High temperature
- Sore throat
- Not eating and drinking, or drinking only cool fluids
- And feeling ill
Your child’s dental or health professional may be able to diagnose your child based on their age, symptoms, and how the sores look. They may also collect samples of tissue or feces and will send them to a lab to confirm the diagnosis.
There is no treatment for this disease as it tends to go away on its own within a week to a week and a half. Still, over-the-counter medications for fever and pain can be helpful, as well as special medicated mouthwashes to help alleviate the discomfort associated with the oral sores until they go away. The CDC does recommend some preventative measures you can take:
- Frequently wash your hands.
- Help your child wash their hands.
- Discourage your child from touching their nose, mouth, and eyes.
- Disinfect your child's toys and common surfaces.
- Keep your child at home if they are sick.
- And don't allow close contact with children who have this disease until they've recovered.
If you or your child have red spots on the roof of your mouth, we hope this information helps you narrow down potential causes so you can have an informed discussion with your dental professional about diagnosis and treatment. Whichever condition it is that you may have, we wish you the very best in getting your oral health back to a condition that will make you smile.