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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.
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
Coxsackie virus: Hand, foot and mouth disease is a viral illness caused by the coxsackie virus. Children present with red dots and tiny blisters commonly found inside the mouth and on the hands and feet although the rash can appear anywhere in the body. Accompanying symptoms maybe fever, loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea. This disease is contagious.
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 36 years experience
Viral disease: Hand, foot and mouth disease is a human syndrome caused by intestinal viruses of the picornaviridae family. The most common strains causing hfmd are coxsackie a virus and enterovirus 71 (ev-71).There is no specific treatment for hand, foot and mouth disease. Symptoms, such as fever and pain from the sores, may be eased with the use of analgesics. Many doctors do not prescribe medicine for this.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Fever/spots/pain: 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.
Dr. Steven Roth
Dentistry 32 years experience
An illness: Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is an illness that causes sores in or on the mouth and on the hands, feet, and sometimes the buttocks and legs. The sores may be painful. The illness usually doesn't last more than a week or so. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is common in children but can also occur in adults. It can occur at any time of year but is most common in the summer and fall.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Viral disease: Hand, foot mouth disease is a common viral disease of childhood . It is characterized by mouth ulcers and sores as well as a palpable rash in palms and soles. Sometimes there is a generalized rash and a temperature. Major risk is dehydration in kids as they may not take fluids well. It is self limiting and resolves in about a week.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Fever/spots/pain: 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.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Viral infection: Hand/foot/mouth disease is a viral illness usually caused by a virus called coxsackie virus. The body will usually fight this off on its own. Insure plenty of rest and fluids. The illness spreads by person-to-person contact through nasal secretions or throat discharge, saliva, fluid from blisters, stool, and respiratory droplets sprayed into the air after a cough or sneeze. Go see your doctor.
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.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Hand, foot, & mouth: disease is a contagious viral illness that commonly affects infants and children caused by enterovirus. The disease usually doesn't need treatment.
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Virus: Hand, foot and mouth disease is a contagious viral infection usually seen in young children and infants. Fever, mouth sores and rash on palms and soles are the common findings. Some patients don't get all the symptoms. There is no treatment and the infection is not considered a serious one. Complications like meningitis are rare. It lasts 7 to 10 days.
Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Viral infection: 'hand, foot and mouth' disease is a viral illness called this because it results in blisters on the hands, feet, and mouth. It's caused by the coxsackie virus, will generally run its course over time. It is common in children, but impacts all ages. Drinking plenty of cool beverages may help soothe the throat and throat. Try popsicles, and don't add salt to your food. Lgromkomd.

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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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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.
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Can you die from hand foot mouth?

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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Not likely: Hand foot mouth is a common viral disease that affects young children. If the child is otherwise healthy, the major concern is making sure the child does not become dehydrated.
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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How do I know if I have hand foot mouth?

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Dr. Shah Chowdhury
Pediatrics 42 years experience
Hand, Foot and Mouth: Disease seen commonly in younger children, adult incidence is 11%; caused by coxsackie virus, and, recently entero virus is also a cause. Seen in summer and fall. Inside mouth 4-8 mm ulcers seen, lesions on hands and feet are tender, dorsal surfaces, palm and soles are affected, gets vesicular. There may be associated fever, malaise, body aches. Resolves in 7-10 days.

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