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I have hand foot and mouth disease (from my 3 yr old). How many days is it contagious for?

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Dr. Pamela Kirby
Podiatry
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In brief: Up to several weeks

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a viral infection caused by a strain of coxsackie virus.
It causes a blister-like rash as the name states on the hand, foot and mouth. A person is contagious when the first symptoms appear and until the blister-like lesions disappear. It has been known to shed in the stool for up to several weeks.

In brief: Up to several weeks

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a viral infection caused by a strain of coxsackie virus.
It causes a blister-like rash as the name states on the hand, foot and mouth. A person is contagious when the first symptoms appear and until the blister-like lesions disappear. It has been known to shed in the stool for up to several weeks.
Dr. Pamela Kirby
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In brief: 7-10 days

Hand foot and mouth disease is contagious for 7-10 days.

In brief: 7-10 days

Hand foot and mouth disease is contagious for 7-10 days.
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