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how long is hand foot mouth disease contagious? have family event sat. 2 yr old had symptoms saturday. still has lots of blisters. it wed.should go?

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Dr. Cindy Williams
38 years experience Pediatrics
HFM: I usually say 24hrs after the last fever (over 100.5). It's as contagious as any cold. Miserable virus. Hope a/he's feeling better.
Answered on May 23, 2016
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Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
Less contagious: Scabbed lesions, no fever and overall improvement in symptoms are good indicators that the period of highest contagiousness has passed.
Answered on Jun 22, 2018
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