Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

November 26, 2018 - by Rakesh Chopra MD - in Health

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Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children under 5.  However, it can also occur in older children and adults (CDC,2017).  

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Sore Throat
  • Rash (may develop after the fever starts)
  • General malaise

Transmission of Virus:

  • Close contact, such as hugging a person
  • Contact with objects and surfaces that the virus is on
  • The air when an infected person coughs or sneezes

*Generally a person is most contagious during the first week of illness.  People can sometimes be contagious for days or weeks after symptoms go away.

Treatment and Prevention:

  • Washing your hands often
  • Cleaning and disinfecting toys and surfaces that are frequently touched
  • There is no standard treatment for hand, foot, and mouth disease.  Keep your child well hydrated and take OTC fever and pain medicine to help relieve symptoms

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