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A 16-year-old female asked:

If your child has had hand foot and mouth disease is it possible for the child to get hand foot and mouth disease again?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alireza Raboubi
Family Medicine 15 years experience
Yes: however, it may not be as severe.
Dr. Jeffry Gill
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Consider other cause: Hand foot mouth is caused by a group of viruses--so might get again from another member of the group. But ALSO, the symptoms could be a different problem entirely. If the patient is 16 years old, it's worth having a physician examine her to look for other causes and see if any further evaluation or treatment would be recommended.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: There are at least 3 known strains of enterovirus that can trigger this pattern illness. Having one strain confers lifelong immunity to that strain but not the others..

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get hand foot and mouth disease if you have already had it?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 42 years experience
The short answer is : Yes. As with all viruses, there is a period of immunity that follows after getting it, but, like the flu, it's not forever. Learn more about it here: http://www.Cdc.Gov/hand-foot-mouth/about/index.Html.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How long is a child contagious after they have had hand foot mouth disease?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends on variables: Oral secretions will be contagious for a week to 10 days while the virus can still be present in the stool for 6 weeks.In texas the department of health permits kids with hfm to return to day care after the fever is gone.Normal hygienic practices will prevent spread among susceptible adults.
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A 29-year-old female asked:

What medicine can you give a child with hand foot and mouth disease?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Liesl Venter
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Symptomatic: It is a viral infection, antibiotics won’t work. Keep your child comfortable with anti-pyretics and analgesics. Offer enough fluids.
A member asked:

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.
A 50-year-old member asked:

Could a child catch hand foot and mouth twice?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Although hfm is most often associated with coxsackievirus a16, the process does occur with other enteroviral strains (enterovirus 71 ; others). A child will develop immunity to an individual strain after an illness but be susceptible to other unrelated strains, much like there are different strains that cause the flu.

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