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What advice can you give for someone with hand-foot-mouth disease?

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Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 32 years experience
Self-limiting: Usually it will go away on its own. Mouth blisters can be painful, making it difficult to eat or drink without pain. Make sure you stay hydrated and if fever gets worse, seek medical attention.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

What symptoms does someone with hand foot mouth have?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Painful blisters: This is caused by a. Iris typically i late summer and effects the fingers and toes with small painful blisters. This runs it's course in about one week, and is contagious. There is no specific treatment. Avoid contact during contagious stage.
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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.
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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 48-year-old member asked:

When are symptoms after exposure to hand foot mouth disease?

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Dr. Keith Ramsey
Adolescent Medicine 36 years experience
Several: Sore throat, fever, rash on the hands or feet and sores in the mouth. There can also be loose stools, irritability, not eating, etc.
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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