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

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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

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Is it possible for an adult to get hand mouth and foot disease?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Yes: This is a viral infection and can be spread from one to another. The adult may have more immunity but there will be those who are nto immune and can contract this disease.
A 43-year-old female asked:

Can adults get hand foot and mouth disease?

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Dr. Jerry Casale
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Yes: It's a virus adults can and do get it.
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A 37-year-old female asked:

Can adults get hand foot mouth disease? What are symptoms? How is it treated?

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Dr. Joseph Oh
Pediatrics 15 years experience
Yes: Yes they can, though much less likely to than a child. Those who are elderly or immunocompromised are more likely. Symptoms are similar to those for kids - itchy bumps on hands and feet with blisters in the back of the throat. Unfortunately no tx - just treat the pain and itching and wait for it to resolve.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

Can adults get hand foot and mouth if exposed?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Yes.: Although it usually affects little ones (younger than 5), adults can also get hand, foot, and mouth. The disease is caused by a group of viruses, and you are most contagious in the first 7 days. Even after the symptoms pass, you can still be contagious for weeks. Since the virus is transmitted by contact with nose/throat secretions, hand washing is key! the alcohol based gels work even better!
A 47-year-old member asked:

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

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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.

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