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A 44-year-old member asked:

How likely would it be for me to catch the hand-foot-mouth disease from a 4 year old?

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Dr. Debi Williams
Dentistry 26 years experience
Depends: Usually this infection is only contagious to children ten years and younger but you could be infected if you have not been around the disease and developed immunity.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

How probable would it be for me to catch hand foot mouth desease from a 4 year old?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Not very: Most adults will have had the hfm process as a child which confers immunity to the strain involved.However there is more than one strain of virus involved and occasional outbreaks among adults do occur.
A 38-year-old member asked:

My boyfriend has hand, foot and mouth disease, can I catch it?

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Dr. Robert Hadfield
Podiatry 13 years experience
Yes: Hand, foot and mouth disease is very contagious and can spread easily by direct contact. Wash your hands frequently and avoid direct contact until the bumps begin to resolve.

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Last updated Dec 9, 2013

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