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A 47-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for a child to be wrongly diagnosed with hand-foot-mouth disease?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Yes: There is a lot of variability of symptoms. One has to be careful in making the diagnosis as there are many conditions that simulate hand-foot-mouth disease.
Dr. Vadim Glukh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
In short - yes: A qualified dermatologist should be able to diagnose properly.

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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 46 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 27 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
A 41-year-old member asked:

What can I do for my some who has just been diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
CoxsachieA&EV 71/RA: It is a viral infection which affects children and presents as rashes on palms of hands and soles of both feet and buttocks, and lesions in and around mouth which are like ulcers.It can cause fever, malaise, fatigue, sore throat, ear pain, and painfull ulcers in mouth it is caused by cixsachiea or entero virus 71, and condition is self limiting and treatment is for symptoms&gets better in abot 7to10day.
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A 29-year-old female asked:

What medicine can you give a child with hand foot and mouth disease?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Liesl Venter
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Symptomatic: It is a viral infection, antibiotics won’t work. Keep your child comfortable with anti-pyretics and analgesics. Offer enough fluids.
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 46 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.
A member asked:

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

1 doctor answer11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Subir Mitra
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: Although this occurs more in the summer months, it can happen any time if year.

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