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Can you please define hand foot and mouth disease?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Fever + sores: Hand foot and mouth is a viral infection that most commonly affects toddlers in the summer and fall. It causes fever, painful mouth ulcers, and painless spots on the hands and feet. Sometimes there is a more-extensive rash.
Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Coxsackie virus: Its a virus that can cause blisters in the mouth, on hands and feet. Will go away on its own. Might cause a high temp as well.
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Dr. Alan Ali commented
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Cossakie virus
Jul 20, 2012
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
A viral infection: Hand-foot-mouth disease is a viral infection that causes fever, blister-like spots in the mouth, and/or a skin rash. Hand-foot-mouth disease is not the foot-and-mouth (or hoof-and-mouth) disease of cattle, sheep, and pigs. The two diseases are not related. They are caused by different viruses. Humans do not get the animal disease, and animals do not get the human disease.
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 36 years experience
Viral disease: Hand, foot and mouth disease is a human syndrome caused by intestinal viruses of the picornaviridae family. The most common strains causing hfmd are coxsackie a virus and enterovirus 71 (ev-71).There is no specific treatment for hand, foot and mouth disease. Symptoms, such as fever and pain from the sores, may be eased with the use of analgesics. Many doctors do not prescribe medicine for this.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Pediatrics 25 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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What is the difference between hand, foot, mouth disease and chickenpox?

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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 39 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 38 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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How long is hand foot and mouth disease contagious?

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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 38 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
A 36-year-old member asked:

What is a common hand, foot and mouth disease in babies?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Fever/spots/pain: Hfm is a viral gut infection. Some kids can have it & run a brief temperature & never show other symptoms. Some have fever, localized spots on their wrists & nothing else. Some have terrible mouth sores, spots on wrists/forearms/legs feet & around the bottom & have cramping & loose stools. So fever, loose stools &cramps, amount & location of blisters seem to be the main variables.

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