Um, yeah. Its called a Coxsackievirus. This is a picture of what has invaded my almost 4-yr old at some point last week. My kids are finger/thumb suckers so, gee. Where could this have come from? Could it have been the park we went to on Tuesday? Or was it the local kids’ zoo and park we went to on Wednesday. Or perhaps the health club on Thursday?
Anyway, Annaliese contracted herpangina-which is neither herpes nor angina-by passively licking the universe with her fingers. Not direct licking but secondhand licking. See? Secondhand licking is just as dangerous as licking directly.
The poor thing has had fevers since Friday with a low of 101.5 and a high of 104.4. They usually average around 103.5. And then last night with vomiting. Ick. Fortunately she got to the toilet and the “throw up bucket” in time. There’s really nothing you can do but treat her symptoms and let her be whiny and snuggly for a few days. And follow her around with a disinfectant wipe. And eat a popsicle with her at 1 am.
So remember kids, licking kills. OK, no it doesn’t but its still gross.