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A 38-year-old member asked:

Once a child has hand foot mouth disease, can they get it a second time or are they immune?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
More than 1 germ: The hfm cluster of symptoms can come up with more than one enterovirus. They do develop immunity to the first germ, but another episode is possible by a different strain.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for adults to get hand, foot, mouth disease?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: This is an illness that is usually experienced in childhood & has more than one strain.If experienced in childhood, the immunity gained is likely lifelong. However we occasionally see this in adults.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Dr. Bryan Levey commented
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Had a mild case myself a few years ago. If your body hasn't seen that strain before, you can get it.
Nov 15, 2012
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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.
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.
Last updated Jun 22, 2017

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