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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?

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Dr. Ester Kwok
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Ester Kwok
Dr. Ester Kwok
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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine

In brief: First week

Coxsackie is infectious during the first week when you have a fever and blisters.
Still infectious until blisters dried. Return to school/daycare rules vary. Some say once your fever is gone. Others say stay at home until blisters dry up. Good luck and hope you feel better soon.

In brief: First week

Coxsackie is infectious during the first week when you have a fever and blisters.
Still infectious until blisters dried. Return to school/daycare rules vary. Some say once your fever is gone. Others say stay at home until blisters dry up. Good luck and hope you feel better soon.
Dr. Francine Yep
Dr. Francine Yep
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David Miller
Family Medicine

In brief: Not a big worry

Hand-foot-and-mouth-disease is a viral rash caused by an intestinal virus (coxsackievirus).
It is thought that infected individuals can shed viruses for up to 4-6 weeks. Keeping kids out of school is not generally recommended as the infection is generally self-limiting and is rarely serious.

In brief: Not a big worry

Hand-foot-and-mouth-disease is a viral rash caused by an intestinal virus (coxsackievirus).
It is thought that infected individuals can shed viruses for up to 4-6 weeks. Keeping kids out of school is not generally recommended as the infection is generally self-limiting and is rarely serious.
David Miller
David Miller
Answer assisted by David Miller, Medical Student
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