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A 21-year-old female asked:

Child that has hand foot mouth. if no fever are they still contagious?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Hand foot and mouth: Not if the lesions are beginning to dry up.If new lesions are appearing he is still contagios.
Dr. Adam King
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 15 years experience
Yes: Hand foot and mouth disease is a group of symptoms caused by the coxackie a virus. This virus is a member of the enterovirus family. These viruses are very good at speading. The virus takes about 5-7 days to start showing symptoms, then virus is being shed by the host (your kid) for another 7-10 days. Practicaly speaking, it is very difficult to prevent spread.
Dr. Alan Mease
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Contagious?: Hand foot and mouth disease is a common childhood viral infection which lasts 7 to 10d, first with fever and then sores in the mouth/throat and rash on hand and feet. It is highly contagious and spread via stool oral route requiring kids to stay home from school. Your question is an important one! hfmd lasts 7 to 10 days and kids are most contagious the first week even after resolution of fever.

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How long is your child contagious with hand foot and mouth?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends: The oral secretions are considered contagious until the kid is fever free. The germ can persist in the stool for up to 6 weeks. I send kids back to school or daycare when fever free for 24 hours.

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