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A 31-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me is it possible for a 16 year old to get hand, foot & mouth disease?

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Dr. Robert Choate
Pediatrics 44 years experience
Yes: This is a virus infection, named for the commonly found spots on the periperal limbs and oral cavity. These are sometime confused with chickenpox, but commonly come from a different family of viruses called coxsackie a. (possibly also certain enteroviruses, too). So, anyone can get this virus by contact with infected individual.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for adults to get hand, foot, mouth disease?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: This is an illness that is usually experienced in childhood & has more than one strain.If experienced in childhood, the immunity gained is likely lifelong. However we occasionally see this in adults.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Dr. Bryan Levey commented
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Had a mild case myself a few years ago. If your body hasn't seen that strain before, you can get it.
Nov 15, 2012

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