How to Get Rid of the Hand Foot and Mouth After Effects Quick

It’s that ultra not glorious time of year when Hand Foot and Mouth Disease is floating around with vigor. 

There couldn’t be a more “hide yo kids” sickness out there in my opinion. Here’s the kicker though, whatever you thought was bad about when your child had it … it’s worse when adults have it. Way worse. 

So much worse, that what I initially thought were a few ant bites on my own child, turned into my doctor threatening to send me to the hospital. 

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My hands and feet were insanely swollen. I was covered in blisters. Even with the prescription for some hard pain medicine, I was still writhing in pain for 3 days. During my bout of HFM, I stayed up most of the night alternating between icing my hands and feet until they were numb and popping the blisters and then pouring rubbing alcohol over them to try and dry it up. 

It was absolute misery. 

Don’t be fooled though, just because the symptoms cleared up … you are all still contagious for an unknown amount of time that no one actually agrees on. I’ve read anywhere from 2 week to a full month of contagious. 

But I’m here to help you more with the after effects of that nasty sickness.

You see, within a few days of the pain ending, my skin began to basically shed off. 

My hands and feet were constantly peeling. And FYI, anything that had a blister will shed because the skin will be dead there. 

After a week of nasty looking feet, I jumped on Amazon and bought a pack of Baby Feet and swung by Sally’s Beauty Supply to get a nail salon grade foot buffer. 

The combination of the two worked wonders. It sped up the shedding process and when it was done, I was left with pretty feet. No more HFM nasty peeling. 

So here are the 3 things you can do to speed up the process of Hand Foot & Mouth skin peeling:

  1. Order Baby Feet from Amazon – follow the directions to a T and watch all that gross skin come off much faster.
  2. Get a Mr. Pumice Extra Course Pumi Bar and go to town during every single shower you take. 
  3. Lotion, lotion, lotion. I found that Eucerin was thick enough to help with the dryness. 

And in case you’re in the thick of Hand Foot & Mouth and are looking for survival tactics … here’s a post I wrote two years ago during our time battling it. [Surviving Adult Hand Foot and Mouth Disease by Louisiana Bride]

There isn’t a lot floating around the interwebs about adult experiences with Hand Foot & Mouth Disease. So if you’ve suffered through it share with us in the comments on how you survived! 

Emily Babb
Emily, originally from North Louisiana, lives with her husband Jeremy and sons Harrison & Elliot in New Iberia. She's an elementary teacher by day and blogger by night at her personal blog Louisiana Bride. She began blogging to document planning her wedding and has since moved to sharing recipes, meal planning ideas, and the humor in daily life. Emily enjoys yoga, gardening, camping, and is a closet hippie. When she isn't having a toddler crawl all over her while she attempts to workout while simultaneously cooking dinner, you can find her reading a good book or watching old BBC documentaries on YouTube. She use to be cool, but somewhere in adulthood all those concerts quit happening and a mini van showed up in the driveway.


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