Hand-foot-and-mouth disease, or HFMD, is caused by a virus. Symptoms include ulcers, or sores, inside or around the mouth, and a rash or blisters on the hands, feet, legs, or buttocks. And while it’s not pleasant, it also isn’t serious.

Anyone can get the disease, but children under age 10 are most likely to catch it. You can take steps to ease the symptoms while it runs its course, though.

What Causes It?
The viruses that usually cause hand-foot-and-mouth are named coxsackievirus a16 and enterovirus 71. In fact, you might hear your child’s doctor refer to it as the Coxsackie virus.

Source: WebMD

  1. October 28, 2018

    Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common viral infection which is easily passed from person to person. The condition is spread by direct contact with saliva or mucus.And, its symptoms include fever, sore throat, feeling unwell, irritability and loss of appetite. The virus usually clears up on its own within 10 days. Pain medication may help to relieve symptoms.

  2. October 30, 2018

    Painful, red, blister-like lesions on the tongue, gums and inside of the cheeks characterize the condition called HFMD. A red rash, without itching but sometimes with blistering, on the palms, soles and sometimes the buttocks.
    Toddlers can be irritable, an lose their appetite.

  3. November 20, 2018

    Fever, reduced appetite, sore throat, feeling unwell, Painful mouth sores that usually begin as flat red spots. The rash of flat red spots that may blister on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and sometimes the knees, elbows, buttocks, and/or genital area. Thank you so much and keep posting things like this.

  4. November 27, 2018

    Some of the first symptoms of hand-foot-and mouth disease are fever, sore throat, malaise, painful, red,blisters on the tongue, gums and inside of the cheeks. A red rash, without itching but sometimes with blistering, on the palms, soles and sometimes the buttocks. Irritability and loss of appetite are common in infants and toddlers. Thanks for sharing!

  5. March 31, 2019

    A person with hand, foot, and mouth disease is most contagious during the first week of illness. People can sometimes be contagious for days or weeks after symptoms go away. Some people, especially adults, may become infected and not develop any symptoms, but they can still spread the virus to others.

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