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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can my husband be a carrier of the hand foot and mouth disease?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Cosenza
Podiatry 31 years experience
Hand Foot and mouth: Hand-foot-and-mouth disease (hfmd) is most commonly caused by coxsackievirus a16, a member of the enterovirus family. The disease is not spread from pets, but it can be spread by person to person. You may catch it if you come into direct contact with nose and throat discharges, saliva, fluid from blisters, or the stools of an infected person. You are most contagious the first week you have the d.
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Dr. Lorry Melnick
Podiatry 47 years experience
Yes : If your husband has hand foot and mouth disease it is highly contagious and is spread person to person by oral-oral and fecal -oral routes.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

How would prevent the spread of hand, foot and mouth disease?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Hand washing: Hand foot and mouth is spread by coughing, sneezing and saliva. The best way to prevent spread to others is to wash hands frequently and avoid contact with sick persons. Toys, contaminated with saliva need to be cleaned. Children with fever and mouth sores should be excluded from daycare. 24 hours after the fever is gone it is reasonable to allow the child back into daycare.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between hand, foot, mouth disease and chickenpox?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Different viruses: They are different diseases caused by different viruses. Chicken pox is caused by the varicella zoster virus, which also causes shingles in adults. The rash is also different, being vesicles with fluid and very itchy . Hand foot mouth is caused most commonly by the coxsackie a virus. It also causes mouth sores and rash, but it is seldomly itchy and it is seen more in palms and soles.
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A 33-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: Hand foot mouth disease?

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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Hand Foot Mouth: Disease is caused by an enterovirus such as cocksackie A16 virus. Characteristic lesions are small painful blisters, sores on the palms of hands, soles of feet ,mouth and diaper area . Sometimes accompanied with fever, sore throat , vomiting and diarrhea. 3-6 day incubation period from contact to illness. Occurs mainly in children under 10 but can be seen in adults.
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A member asked:

How long is hand foot and mouth disease contagious?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Hand Foot and Mouth: A person is most contagious during the first week of the illness. Those with hand foot and mouth disease can also be contagious for several weeks after onset. Here is more about hand foot and mouth disease from the Centers for Disease Control- CDC https://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/about/transmission.html
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A 37-year-old member asked:

How long does hand foot and mouth disease last for?

4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 51 years experience
Its viral: 7 to 10 days.
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Last updated Dec 21, 2017

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