After Kerala, cases of tomato flu are being reported in many states of the country. It is an infectious disease, which spreads from one child to another. Although its symptoms are not serious.
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in country tomato flu cases are increasing. Apart from Kerala and Odisha, symptoms of this flu are being seen in children of many states. Cases with symptoms of this flu are also being reported in Uttar Pradesh and Himachal. The Union Health Ministry has also issued a guideline regarding the symptoms and methods of prevention of tomato flu. However, no risk of children has been seen so far from this disease. However, since the first case of tomato flu in Kerala, most people are feeling that this is a new disease which is quite dangerous. It is rapidly infecting children. Also deadly like Kovid. but it’s not like that.
Experts say that this is not a new disease. Such cases have been registered in the country in the past as well. Where children have had the problem of fever and rash on the body. So there is no need to panic about it. Let us know what is the opinion of experts about Tomato Flu?
Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Delhi (rml) Of Dermatologist Dr. Bhavuk Dhir It is said that after corona, now the cases of tomato flu are increasing. Every day three to four children are coming to the hospital’s opodi with symptoms of this flu. The disease was labeled as tomato flu, but it is not a separate disease but a variant of hand, foot and mouth disease. The disease is caused by Coxsackie virus A16 (a non-polio enterovirus), which is highly contagious and spreads through the nose, throat, fluid from blisters and feco-oral route.
Dr Dhir explains that in 2007 a similar outbreak was reported in Kerala. The term tomato flu was used because of the red colored blisters that resemble tomatoes, this time also the first cases were reported in Kerala and after that now the disease is spreading to other states.
What is hand, foot and mouth disease
According to Dr. Bhavuk, Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) usually affects children below the age of 5. This is an infectious disease. Where many children live together at the same time. There is a possibility of its spread there. Many schools across India (including Delhi, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Odisha) had to take holidays to prevent the transmission of this flu. Although in most cases, it is a mild viral disease that gets better with care, but it can also cause problems like meningitis.
When people heard the name of tomato flu in Kerala, everyone thought that this is a new disease, while it is not so. There was also confusion then whether it is a new viral disease or as dangerous as dengue and chikungunya fever, although it is not a new virus but a type of HFMD. Because despite dengue or chikungunya, its cases keep coming up.
Patients showing these symptoms
Fever, fatigue, red blisters on the skin mainly on the hands, feet, knees and buttocks. These sores on the skin are highly contagious and should not be scratched. There may be blisters on the palate of the mouth.
In some cases, the child may also have irritability and dehydration. It takes 8-10 days to recover from this disease and the child needs to be kept in isolation for at least five to seven days. During this, it is important to keep giving a lot of fluids like milk, water and juice to the child.
no need to panic
Dr. Bhavya says that in the era of corona virus, people panic due to these types of diseases, but there is no need to panic, it is a common disease which is cured. There are no serious symptoms of this disease in children. He is recovering in a few days. It is just necessary that people should be aware of this disease, if a child is showing symptoms of this disease, then parents should not panic and consult doctors immediately. Keep the infected child away from other children present in the house and pay attention to his diet.
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