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Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease: an Infectious Disease

Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease: an Infectious Disease

A mild, contagious viral infection common in young children — is characterized by sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet, sometimes the buttocks and legs. The sores may be painful. The illness usually doesn’t last more than a week or so.


Hand-foot-and-mouth disease primarily affects children younger than age 10, often those under 5 years. Adults can be affected.

Hand, foot and mouth disease is caused by a group of viruses known as enteroviruses. The most common types of viruses that can cause the condition are:

Enterovirus 71 carries a higher risk of causing serious complications
The illness spreads by person-to-person contact with an infected person’s:


Symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease include:

Occasionally, hand, foot and mouth disease can cause vomiting, particularly if it is caused by the enterovirus 71 strain. These early symptoms can last 12-48 hours.
See your doctor if mouth sores or a sore throat keep your child from drinking fluids. And contact your doctor if after a few days, your child’s signs and symptoms worsen.
Care & Treatment

There’s no specific treatment for hand-foot-and-mouth disease. Signs and symptoms of hand-foot-and-mouth disease usually clear up in seven to 10 days.
Home Remedies

Try these tips to help make blister soreness less irritable and eating and drinking more tolerable:


Hand, foot and mouth disease gets better on its own without treatment and complications are rare in adults. However, the symptoms can cause severe discomfort.





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