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How can i tell if my 7mo old child has hand foot mouth disease; there have been 3 cases in his class ?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Ulcers: Caused by a virus, ulcers in the mouth are a good clue.Occasionally blisters on the hands and feet, but not always. Other sx may include fever, diarrhea, sore throat, and congestion. A good physical exam by the pediatrician can make this diagnosis. Remember that antibiotics do not cure this infection.
Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 49 years experience
Very infectious: Tender vesicles in mouth, tongue, back of hand, some have rash on feet. This is a viral condition.
Dr. Lorry Melnick
Podiatry 45 years experience
Oral ulcers,skin ras: He may get ulcerative lesions in the mouth that are painful and small vesicular lesions one the fingers, plams , toes and soles of the feet. There is usally a 3-6 day incubation period from exposure till lesions appear.

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