Question: I am 20 weeks pregnant and my small child was diagnosed with a viral illness which the doctor thinks is hand foot and mouth disease (HFMD) by a coxsackie virus. What can I do to prevent from becoming infected?Viruses known to possibly affect the fetus during pregnancy include:
Other known viruses include human papillomavirus (HPV), and enteroviruses such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and coxsackievirus.
If you are exposed to coxsackie virus during pregnancy chances are very small that the fetus will be affected. Specific preventive medications are not available for most viral diseases such as coxsackievirus and hand foot and mouth disease (HFMD).
But the risk of infection can be lowered by following good hygiene practices.
Good hygiene practices that can lower the risk of viral infection include: