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How long is hand, foot, mouth disease contagious for after the onset of symptoms? And can it live on surfaces for long periods of time?

How long is hand, foot, mouth disease contagious for after the onset of symptoms? And can it live on surfaces for long periods of time?

About a week: It is most contagious during the first week of symptoms. People can remain contagious for extended periods of time in some cases. Here is a link from the CDC that gives a lot of information. Http://www. Cdc. Gov/hand-foot-mouth/index. Html ...Read more

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How long is hand foot mouth disease contagious? Have family event Sat. 2 yr old had symptoms Saturday. Still has lots of blisters. It Wed. Should go?

How long is hand foot mouth disease contagious? Have family event Sat. 2 yr old had symptoms Saturday. Still has lots of blisters. It Wed. Should go?

Less contagious: Scabbed lesions, no fever and overall improvement in symptoms are good indicators that the period of highest contagiousness has passed. ...Read more

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How long is a child contagious after they have had hand foot mouth disease?

How long is a child contagious after they have had hand foot mouth disease?

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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Hi. I caught hand foot mouth disease from my one year old. It's been a week and I'm feeling much better. How long am I contagious? My husband is on im

Hi. I caught hand foot mouth disease from my one year old. It's been a week and I'm feeling much better. How long am I contagious? My husband is on im

Hand-foot-mouth ds: Generally, a person with hand, foot, and mouth disease is most contagious during the first week of illness. People can sometimes be contagious for days or weeks after symptoms go away. Some people, especially adults, may not develop any symptoms, but they can still spread the virus to others. This is why people should always try to maintain good hygiene to minimize transmission/infection. ...Read more

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If a child has Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease and has blisters that are still erupting, but no fever. Is he or she contagious or no?

If a child has Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease and has blisters that are still erupting, but no fever. Is he or she contagious or no?

Hand/foot/mouth: Generally, a person with hand, foot, and mouth disease is most contagious during the first week of illness. People can sometimes be contagious for days or weeks after symptoms go away. This is why people should always try to maintain good hygiene (e.g. handwashing) so they can minimize their chance of spreading or getting infections. ...Read more

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How long is hand foot mouth contagious?

How long is hand foot mouth contagious?

Usually up to a week: Hand foot mouth can be contagious up to a week from onset of symptoms mainly through respiratory secretions. However the virus can be shed in the stool for a longer period. So people who change the diapers for infants have to be careful for up to two weeks. ...Read more

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Child that has hand foot mouth. If no fever are they still contagious?

Child that has hand foot mouth. If no fever are they still contagious?

Contagious?: Hand foot and mouth disease is a common childhood viral infection which lasts 7 to 10d, first with fever and then sores in the mouth/throat and rash on hand and feet. It is highly contagious and spread via stool oral route requiring kids to stay home from school. Your question is an important one! Hfmd lasts 7 to 10 days and kids are most contagious the first week even after resolution of fever. ...Read more

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My son just got diagnosed with hand foot mouth yesterday. How long is he contagious? My daughter had a fever on MONDAY but no other symptoms

My son just got diagnosed with hand foot mouth yesterday. How long is he contagious? My daughter had a fever on MONDAY but no other symptoms

Depends: The presence of virus in the saliva (easy to spread) persists for about a week, or at least while they have fever plus a few days. The virus is present in the stool for up to six weeks after the first symptoms. Simple hand washing with soap and water can reduce any transmission. Some kids do not develop the rash with this virus, some have it on hands/feet/around anus and in mouth. ...Read more

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My infant and toddler both have hand foot & mouth. Are they still contagious once the spots appear? Also my infant is 9mths old. Dangerous or ok?

My infant and toddler both have hand foot & mouth. Are they still contagious once the spots appear? Also my infant is 9mths old. Dangerous or ok?

Hand Foot and Mouth: Hand, foot, and mouth disease is usually not serious. The illness is typically mild, and nearly all patients recover in 7 to 10 days without medical treatment. Complications are uncommon except for dehydration. Hand foot and mouth is contagious roughly for a few days before the symptoms appear untill they start to feel better and the spots and ulcers have healed over, so usually about 7 to 10 days. ...Read more

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My granddaughter started Hand Foot & Mouth 7 days ago. She has recovered except for drying up blisters on her butt. How long is she contagious?

My granddaughter started Hand Foot & Mouth 7 days ago. She has recovered except for drying up blisters on her butt. How long is she contagious?

Hand foot and mouth: Hand foot and mouth is caused by a viral infection. Most people are contagious for one week. As with all viruses good hand hygiene and not sharing eating utensils. ...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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Can adults get hand, foot mouth disease?

Can adults get hand, foot mouth disease?

Yes: Hfm is caused by enteroviruses, spread by fecal-oral route. It's most contagious during the week when there is symptoms but the disease itself will go away spontaneously after about 1 week. It's most commonly seen in children. Mainly, keep well hydrated with ice cold liquid or soft diet and Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen as needed for pain. Take care. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Are high fevers (103.5) part of hand foot mouth disease in adults? No congestion; chills and throat. I can't get to a doc, but kid was just dx'd.

Are high fevers (103.5) part of hand foot mouth disease in adults? No congestion; chills and throat. I can't get to a doc, but kid was just dx'd.

Coxsackie virus: Any virus can evoke high fevers, if you want to know what's ailing you there are respiratory viral panel tests that can narrow the field. Take yourself to an urgent care center or ER to find out, may be a different cause ...Read more

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How to cure hand foot mouth disease?

How to cure hand foot mouth disease?

Self heals over time: Hfm is a collection of symptoms related to infection by strains of an intestinal virus.It runs its course producing a variety of blisters in various locations before resolving as the body fights it off. The main problem with the disorder is the chance of dehydration from poor fluid intake. Comfort measures & a focus on improving fluid intake are the best method of rx. ...Read more

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What are the tests for hand foot mouth disease?

What are the tests for hand foot mouth disease?

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. ...Read more

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What is cure for hand foot mouth disease?

What is cure for hand foot mouth disease?

Time: Time. It is a viral infection that normally lasts 7-10 days. It does not respond to antibiotics and runs it's cousre. The main complication that may be concering is dehydration because of poor fluid intake 2ndry to the mouth ulcers. Only relif of symptoms thru tylenol, (acetaminophen) gargles etc is helpful. ...Read more

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How young can a child be, for getting coxsackie hand-foot-mouth disease?

How young can a child be, for getting coxsackie hand-foot-mouth disease?

Birth: If the mother of the infant is not immune to the varient that the infant is exposed to then the infant has no immunity and is at risk of the disease. Currently there is an unusual variant of the disease in the us and most people are at risk. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is it possible for a 16 year old to get hand, foot & mouth disease?

Can you tell me is it possible for a 16 year old to get hand, foot & mouth disease?

Yes: This is a virus infection, named for the commonly found spots on the periperal limbs and oral cavity. These are sometime confused with chickenpox, but commonly come from a different family of viruses called coxsackie a. (possibly also certain enteroviruses, too). So, anyone can get this virus by contact with infected individual. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Once a child has hand foot mouth disease, can they get it a second time or are they immune?

Once a child has hand foot mouth disease, can they get it a second time or are they immune?

More than 1 germ: The hfm cluster of symptoms can come up with more than one enterovirus. They do develop immunity to the first germ, but another episode is possible by a different strain. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my 7mo old child has hand foot mouth disease; there have been 3 cases in his class?

How can I tell if my 7mo old child has hand foot mouth disease; there have been 3 cases in his class?

Oral ulcers, skin ras: He may get ulcerative lesions in the mouth that are painful and small vesicular lesions one the fingers, plams, toes and soles of the feet. There is usally a 3-6 day incubation period from exposure till lesions appear. ...Read more

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Are child care centers suppose to send out notices if children are sent home with hand, foot & mouth disease?

Are child care centers suppose to send out notices if children are sent home with hand, foot & mouth disease?

I don't know what: The official laws are, but I would definitely think so. It is contagious and I would think any contagious medical condition parents should be made aware of. ...Read more

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My daughter had the new strand of hand, foot, & mouth disease about 2 months ago, now it's back! Is this common?

My daughter had the new strand of hand, foot, & mouth disease about 2 months ago, now it's back! Is this common?

Yes.: It caused by virus. Repeat exposure may have repeat episodes. Watch out the persons she comes into close contact with. ...Read more

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What is hand-foot-mouth disease?

What is hand-foot-mouth disease?

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. ...Read more

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What is hand, foot, mouth disease?

What is hand, foot, mouth disease?

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. ...Read more

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What is hand, foot & mouth disease?

What is hand, foot & mouth disease?

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. ...Read more

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Hand Foot Mouth Disease (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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