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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 16 years experience
Yes: however, it may not be as severe.
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Dr. Jeffry Gill
Pediatrics 30 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.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 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 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 47 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?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Depends: If fever, you can use acetaminophen for comfort, but most can do well without. Mouth sores are comforted by cold fluids or ice chips. The sores just need to be cleaned and watched. Body sweat makes them itch more and sores can get bacterial infections.
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A member asked:

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

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 44 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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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 47 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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Last updated Jul 3, 2016
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