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What is hand, foot and mouth disease?

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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Viral infection

Hand/foot/mouth disease is a viral illness usually caused by a virus called coxsackie virus.
The body will usually fight this off on its own. Insure plenty of rest and fluids. The illness spreads by person-to-person contact through nasal secretions or throat discharge, saliva, fluid from blisters, stool, and respiratory droplets sprayed into the air after a cough or sneeze. Go see your doctor.

In brief: Viral infection

Hand/foot/mouth disease is a viral illness usually caused by a virus called coxsackie virus.
The body will usually fight this off on its own. Insure plenty of rest and fluids. The illness spreads by person-to-person contact through nasal secretions or throat discharge, saliva, fluid from blisters, stool, and respiratory droplets sprayed into the air after a cough or sneeze. Go see your doctor.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 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
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