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Can a child get hand foot and mouth diseases at the same time?

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Dr. Jenny Sung
Pediatrics 24 years experience
It's all one disease: Hand-foot-mouth disease is one disease caused by coxsackie virus. It's called hand-foot-mouth because there are sores in the mouth and rash on hands and feet.
Dr. Shalabh Bansal
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Virus infection: "hand, foot, and mouth" disease is actually one disease with such a long name. It is caused by the coxsackie virus and results in flulike symptoms and painful blisters/sores in the mouth, on hands and soles of feet in usually young children. There is no treatment except supoort until illness self resolves. Some complications of coxsackie virus include myocarditis.

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Is it possible for an adult to get hand mouth and foot disease?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Yes: This is a viral infection and can be spread from one to another. The adult may have more immunity but there will be those who are nto immune and can contract this disease.

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