6 doctors weighed in:

What is hand, foot, and mouth disease?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
Thank
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. David Hettinger
Dr. David Hettinger
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Christopher Crosby
Board Certified, Dermatology
13 years in practice
93K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors