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A 43-year-old member asked:

Do kids get hand foot mouth disease?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: 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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A 19-year-old member asked:

How do you get hand foot mouth ?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
By close contact: Several viruses can cause hand-foot-mouth disease, most often due to coxsackie virus. The infected person gets mouth sores and throat sores, plus spots on the palms and soles, and sometimes spots elsewhere. The spots don't break open (different from chicken pox or folliculitis, which do open). Mostly seen in kids, HFM disease can also infect teens and adults if they do not have immunity to it.
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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.
A member asked:

Is it common to have hand foot mouth disease in winter?

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Dr. Subir Mitra
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: Although this occurs more in the summer months, it can happen any time if year.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for hand foot mouth disease?

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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Physical exam: Hand-foot-mouth disease is a very common viral illness, usually occurring in childhood. It is diagnosed by physical exam, not by laboratory studies. Here is a link to the centers for disease control article about the disease. http://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/index.html.
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A 29-year-old female asked:

What is hand, foot & mouth disease?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
A viral infection: Hand foot mouth disease (HFM) is usually from viruses such as Coxsackie virus. Children are the usual patients who get HFM disease, but their parents can also get infected. People should see their doctors to verify their illnesses, as other infections (such as strep throat) can cause sore throat & skin rashes. Coxsackie HFM infections in the U.S. usually go away on their own without complications.

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