Jaipur: With tomato flu cases reported in some states, the state government has issued guidelines to its officials across the state to identify suspected cases of tomato flu in the state for early diagnosis, time treatment and preventing its spread in the state.
A senior health department official said, “We have sent our guidelines on tomato flu across the state and alerted the doctors on it. They have been asked to identify suspected cases of the flu.”
He said that they have received the guidelines from the Centre, which has been circulated across the state. The official said tomato flu is a self-limiting infectious disease as the signs and symptoms resolve after a few days.
The health officer said that tomato flu is a hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD), which occurs mainly in children under 10 years of age, but it can occur in adults too. Infants and young children are also prone to the infection through the use of diapers, touching unclean surfaces as well as putting things directly into the mouth.
HFMD is one of the many infections that result in mouth sores. However, healthcare providers can usually tell the difference between HFMD and other causes of mouth sores by considering the patient’s age, the symptoms reported by the patient or parent, and the appearance of the rash or sores.
He said that they have informed the doctors about the treatment of tomato flu, which is a viral infection. Its treatment includes isolation, rest, plenty of fluids and hot water sponge for relief of irritation and rashes. Supporting therapy of paracetamol for fever, body ache and other symptomatic treatments is required.
Tomato flu is a viral disease, and its main symptom is tomato-shaped blisters on several body parts. The blisters start as red-coloured small blisters and resemble tomatoes when they enlarge.
As with other viral infections, symptoms of tomato flu also include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, dehydration, swelling of joints, body aches and common influenza-like symptoms.