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Doctor insights on: Adults With Hand Foot And Mouth Virus

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I caught hand foot and mouth disease from my 2 year old niece. I am 24 years old; why would I have contracted this virus as an adult? Any reasons in p

I caught hand foot and mouth disease from my 2 year old niece. I am 24 years old; why would I have contracted this virus as an adult? Any reasons in p

HFMD: Caused by viruses of the picornaviridae family. The most common are coxsackie virus a16 and enterovirus 71 as well as by strains of coxsackievirus or enterovirus. Hfmd is common and highly contagious and typically causes a mild, self-limited febrile illness followed by a maculopapular rash that may involve the skin of hands, feet and oral cavity. Usually in children it can also infect adults. ...Read more

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Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Is it possible to get hand, foot and mouth disease (coxsackie virus) twice?

Is it possible to get hand, foot and mouth disease (coxsackie virus) twice?

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. ...Read more

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Recurring hand foot mouth virus? Is that possible?

Recurring hand foot mouth virus? Is that possible?

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. ...Read more

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Why is my son still very sick after a week of having hand foot mouth virus?

Why is my son still very sick after a week of having hand foot mouth virus?

Followup is advised: I would recommend a followup with your pediatrician. In most cases, a week into hand-foot-and mouth disease, most children are starting to feel better. If he is not improving, it is worthwhile to make sure his doctor checks him to be sure he does not have a secondary bacterial infection (such as an ear infection that may warrant antibiotics). ...Read more

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How soon can a child get hand, foot, mouth virus again after getting over it?

How soon can a child get hand, foot, mouth virus again after getting over it?

About a month: Most kids will have a few weeks between past viral infections & the new thing in town. The hfm process usually comes into a community in waves & there is more than one strain of virus that can produce the pattern. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with hand foot mouth disease when will I know that the virus is gone?

I was diagnosed with hand foot mouth disease when will I know that the virus is gone?

Depends on variables: Oral secretions will be contagious for a week to 10 days while the virus can still be present in the stool for 6 weeks. In texas the department of health permits kids with hfm to return to day care after the fever is gone. Normal hygienic practices will prevent spread among susceptible adults. ...Read more

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Hand foot mouth virus and testicles?

Hand foot mouth virus and testicles?

HFMD: Hand foot mouth virus can cause pain in one or both testicles in 10% of the cases. It is a contagious viral illness that commonly affects infants and children caused by enterovirus. The disease usually doesn't need treatment. ...Read more

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Can shingles be the cause of hand foot mouth disease virus?

Can shingles be the cause of hand foot mouth disease virus?

No: No. Although the viruses are part of the same family of viral disease, the shingles or herpes zoster is not the same as the coxsackie virus cause of hand foot and mouth disease. ...Read more

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Hand foot mouth virus what do they do for it she has bumps on the bottom of her mouth and inside her mouth and on wrist?

Hand foot mouth virus what do they do for it she has bumps on the bottom of her mouth and inside her mouth and on wrist?

Supportive Care: It is common for children to have viral causes of mouth sores. We are seeing this in Kentucky now. There are several viruses we see including "hand-foot-mouth" disease that causes mouth sores in children. They are all self limited and require only fluids and comfort measures. Small sips work best. Remember children on average get 8 to 10 viruses a year at her age! Ibuprofen is good for pain. ...Read more

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My sitter told me yesterday her son has the hand foot&mouth virus, my 5mo old isn't showing any signs of it should I take him to the doc anyway?

My sitter told me yesterday her son has the hand foot&mouth virus, my 5mo old isn't showing any signs of it should I take him to the doc anyway?

Childhood Viruses: Nope. If your son has no symptoms there is not much to say or do. There is also no real preventative medication to take for this common childhood viral illness. ...Read more

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Hello. My son (20 months) developed a rash from hand, foot, mouth virus. Is there anything I can use to ease the irritation of his skin?

Hello. My son (20 months) developed a rash from hand, foot, mouth virus. Is there anything I can use to ease the irritation of his skin?

Keep it clean: Healing can progress faster when you keep the areas clean. Sweat will leave behind salt which causes itching and common skin germs can enter and trigger secondary infections. If you clean the areas often with an antibacterial soap and monitor the sites, it should heal well. Consult your doc if you find areas that appear suspicious. ...Read more

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A child I babysit came down with hand, foot, mouth virus, will Lysol wipes kill this virus? What is the best prevention?

A child I babysit came down with hand, foot, mouth virus, will Lysol wipes kill this virus? What is the best prevention?

Hand Sanitization: The virus spreads through respiratory as well as through fecal route. Avoiding exposure to cough, respiratory secretions and proper hand hygiene Lysol wipes are good sanitizers. ...Read more

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How long is the coxsackie virus/hand, foot, mouth contagious 4? Is just when they r running a high temp or until the rash disappears?

How long is the coxsackie virus/hand, foot, mouth contagious 4? Is just when they r running a high temp or until the rash disappears?

Not known 4 sure: Coxsackie virus can be transmitted by nasal, salivary discharges, as well as by the blister-like rash that may appear, and by stool (poop). So even when the rash disappears, the virus can still be shed in the poop for weeks. Wash hands well! ...Read more

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How soon after a child starts with the hand, foot, mouth virus can they return to daycare? If the fever is gone but blisters still there can it spread

How soon after a child starts with the hand, foot, mouth virus can they return to daycare? If the fever is gone but blisters still there can it spread

Yes can spread: If lesions still there, even after gone for about1-3 weeks but for sure stay home till all lesions gone, it is most contagious during illness visible;spread thru saliva, air by coughing, touching things that have virus on them, or stool, it is usually a Coxsacki virus A16 but others too. So wash hands well and good hygiene, no treatment except symptomatic like tylenol (acetaminophen) /ibuprofen ...Read more

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Can adults get hand foot and mouth disease?

Can adults get hand foot and mouth disease?

Yes, but it's rare.: I only ever saw 1 case of an adult who got full-blown hfm from a child. ...Read more

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Can adults get hand foot and mouth if exposed?

Can adults get hand foot and mouth if exposed?

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! ...Read more

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My granddaughter has hand foot and mouth disease. Can adults catch the disease if the immune system is comprised?

My granddaughter has hand foot and mouth disease. Can adults catch the disease if the immune system is comprised?

YES: Hand foot and mouth disease is a viral illness not to be confused with the cattle illness hoof and mouth.
It is contagious and an adult can get it if he or she has not had a previous infection with the virus or if immunosuppressed. It is a self limited illness that only on very rare occasions can cause serious complications. ...Read more

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Would the symptoms of hand foot and mouth disease be the same for adults as in children?

Yes it can.: Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than 5 years old. However, it can sometimes occur in adults. Symptoms of hand, foot, and mouth disease include fever, blister-like sores in the mouth (herpangina), and a skin rash. Hand, foot, and mouth disease is caused by viruses that belong to the enterovirus genus (group). This group of vir. ...Read more

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How contagious is hand foot and mouth disease? Can an adult get it and how long is it contagious?

How contagious is hand foot and mouth disease? Can an adult get it and how long is it contagious?

Easy to catch!: You bet! The virus is spread via nose and throat secretions, blister fluid and poop. You're most contagious during the first week of symptoms although you can shed virus for several weeks later. You can return to daycare or school when your blisters are healed. Adults can sometimes get hfm disease but usually happens to kids under 10 years old. ...Read more

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If someone's child has hand foot and mouth disease can the adult pass it to another child?

If someone's child has hand foot and mouth disease can the adult pass it to another child?

Yes!: Specially after the adult touched a blister or changed the diaper of an infected child and DID NOT WASH THE HANDS.
The virus can stay in the stool for several months and may spread to others. Often the disease breaks out within a community. ...Read more

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I work with children and have been exposed to hand-foot-and-mouth recently. I have a fever of 101 and muscle aches/ unwell feeling, but no blisters or rash yet. Should I just treat it like a cold, or could hand-foot-mouth present like this in adults?

I work with children and have been exposed to hand-foot-and-mouth recently. I have a fever of 101 and muscle aches/ unwell feeling, but no blisters or rash yet. Should I just treat it like a cold, or could hand-foot-mouth present like this in adults?

Hand foot: And mouth disease is caused by the coxsackie virus which may only give fever diarrhea or vomiting
in adults may or may not give the rash
you should be better in a couple of days
drink more fluids and treat your fever appropiatly ...Read more

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Hand foot mouth syndrome in adult chemotherapy? Any suggestions gor reducing discomfort and pain?

D/w your oncologist: Hand food syndrome can be an adverse event of chemo like 5-fu or xeloda (capecitabine). Apply lotion as frequent as possible to your hands. Udderly smooth cream, aveno's or whatever lotion you like. Avoid hot water when you wash hands. For mouth pain- use magic mouth wash, or try orajel. Some pain medication may be needed if topical is not enough. Most importantly, you should discuss with your oncologist. ...Read more

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