Our expert says:
Janine, the Coxsackie viruses are a group of viruses that cause a host of different diseases. They have been isolated from oral secretions, cerebrospinal fluid, blood and stool. They are divided in two groups namely A (23 types) and B (6 types).
Coxsackie viruses cause the following syndromes:
1. Aseptic meningitis.
2. Bornholm disease.
8. Myocarditis (heart muscle inflammation).
10. Pericarditis (heart sack inflammation).
11. Skin rashes.
As you can see, saying that you have Coxsackie virus doesn’t say much. Most infections will clear up by them selves and only supportive treatment is necessary. The problem is that if it becomes serious there is no specific treatment available and this might be a problem in small children.
I can’t tell you whether you should go away with them or not, but I can tell you that by the time your daughter has finished primary school she will test positive for quite a few of these viruses. Good luck.
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