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Adults can contract hand, foot, and mouth disease through exposure

Symptoms typically go away within two weeks

Easily transmitted and can spread rapidly

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Learn about hand, foot, and mouth disease

The hand, foot, and mouth disease is a viral infection that typically affects children younger than five. However, it can also affect older children and even adults. While it is generally not serious, the virus is highly contagious and spreads quickly.



Hand, foot, and mouth disease causes

  • Hand, foot, and month disease is caused by viruses from the enterovirus family such as: Coxsackievirus A16, Coxsackievirus A6, and Enterovirus 71.

    This disease is highly contagious, and the virus can spread easily from one infected person to the next through the following: vapor droplets when a person sneezes or coughs, saliva, drool, pus, and fecal matters.

    This means that you can easily contract hand, foot, and mouth disease via:

    • Close or direct contact with an infected person

    • Exposure to vapor droplets of an infected person

    • Touching objects and surfaces that contain the virus


    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a person is most contagious during the first week of infection.



Hand, foot, and mouth disease symptoms

  • Here are some of the common symptoms that most infected children exhibit:

    • Fever and other flu-like symptoms (e.g. sore throat)

    • Generally feeling unwell

    • Painful mouth sores that typically start as painful red blisters in the back of the mouth

    • A skin rash on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet, which can look like red spots with blisters


    Note that the fluid in the blisters contains the virus and is a reason why the disease is so contagious.



How to treat hand, foot, and mouth disease

Given the viral nature of this disease, there is no specific treatment, but there are ways to relieve symptoms caused by the virus and to prevent dehydration.

Be sure to stay hydrated to keep healthy. The pain from the mouth sores can reduce the want to eat or drink enough liquids. Especially for young children, it is important to make sure they drink enough fluids. Ice chips can help sooth the mouth pain. Soft and easy to swallow food can also help.



Medication for hand, foot, and mouth disease

  • Over the counter medications other than aspirin, such as acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) or ibuprofen (e.g. Advil) may help relieve a fever and the pain of mouth sores. Do not give aspirin to children.



How to prevent hand, foot, and mouth disease

You can prevent the spread of the virus by following these few simple steps:

  • Wash hands frequently. Wash your hands with soap frequently with warm water for at least 20 seconds. Also, be sure to teach children proper hand washing techniques.

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth since you may have the virus on your hands.

  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces and items. For example, regularly disinfect toys and things children tend to touch.



When to see a doctor for hand, foot, and mouth disease

Hand, foot, and mouth disease usually presents as a minor illness with a fever and sore throat, with most symptoms going away in a few days to a week or so. However, for children, contact your doctor if the sore throat is preventing them from drinking water. Also contact your doctor if after a few days, your child's symptoms worsen.



Hand, foot, and mouth disease treatment FAQs

  • What is the best treatment for hand, foot, and mouth disease?

    There is no specific treatment, but there are ways to relieve symptoms caused by the virus. Symptoms of the disease typically go away within two weeks. Common over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) or ibuprofen (e.g. Advil) can be taken to help relieve a fever and the pain of mouth sores.

  • What is the main cause of hand, foot, and mouth disease?

    The main cause of hand, foot, and mouth disease is a virus belonging to the enterovirus family, such as Coxsackievirus A16, Coxsackievirus A6 and Enterovirus 71.

  • What ointment is good for hand, foot, and mouth disease?

    A common symptom of hand, foot, and mouth disease is a skin rash with blisters on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. Always try to keep the areas clean. After washing the skin with warm soap water, pat dry. When a blister pops, you can apply antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.

  • How long is a person contagious with hand, foot, and mouth disease?

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an infected person is most contagious during the first week. These first few days represent the incubation period, even before the blisters develop. Typically, when the blisters are gone, you are less likely to be contagious. Stay home and avoid contact with someone you know with weakened immune system.

  • Can adults get hand foot mouth disease from a child?

    Yes adults can get hand, foot, and mouth disease from a child. If you have the disease, do not go to work or any social events. Stay home to prevent spread.

  • How do you get rid of hand, foot, and mouth disease fast?

    Symptoms of the disease typically go away within two weeks. Common over the counter medications such as acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) or ibuprofen (e.g. Advil) can be taken to relieve fever and the pain.

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Related conditions to hand, foot, and mouth disease

  • Some conditions may have similar symptoms to hand, foot, and mouth disease or look similar to hand, foot, and mouth sores. These include:

    • Chickenpox: similar to hand, foot, and mouth disease in that both are contagious and cause rashes

    • Herpes: similar in that both cause mouth sores

    • Insect bites: similar in that both cause rashes



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