Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) is a mild, contagious viral infection commonly found in young children. It is characterized by sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet. HFMD is most commonly caused by the Coxsackievirus.
There is no specific treatment for HFMD. Frequent hand washing and avoiding close contact with people who are infected with HFMD may help reduce your child's risk of infection. The usual period from initial infection to the onset of signs and symptoms (incubation period) is three to six days. Timeline of HFMD A fever is often the first sign of HFMD, followed by a sore throat and sometimes a poor appetite and feeling unwell. One or two days after the fever begins, painful sores may develop in the front of the mouth or throat. A rash on the hands and feet and possibly on the buttocks can follow within one or two days. When to see a Doctor It is usually a minor illness causing only a few days of fever and relatively mild signs and symptoms. Contact your doctor if mouth sores or a sore throat keep your child from drinking fluids and if after a few days, your child's signs and symptoms worsen. How does HFMD Spread? The illness spreads by person-to-person contact with an infected person's:
Nasal secretions or throat discharge
Fluid from blisters
Respiratory droplets sprayed into the air after a cough or sneeze
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