How long is hand foot and mouth disease contagious for?

A short time. It is moderately contagious and is spread through direct contact with the mucus, saliva, or feces of an infected person. A person is contagious when the first symptoms appear and may continue until the blister-like skin lesions disappear.

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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?

HFM. I usually say 24hrs after the last fever (over 100.5). It's as contagious as any cold. Miserable virus. Hope a/he's feeling better. . Read more...
Less contagious. Scabbed lesions, no fever and overall improvement in symptoms are good indicators that the period of highest contagiousness has passed. Read more...

If someone has hand, foot and mouth disease, how long will they be contagious?

Depends on your view. The hfm viral illness is caused by viruses that will be excreted in the stool for some time (wks) after primary infection.The febrile period (days) they may pass the virus in oral secretions. The texas dept of health standard does not exclude these kids from daycare after the fever is gone. Standard hygenic practices during diaper changes will contain the spread from that source. Read more...
Up to 1 month. The disease is most contagious during the first week of illness, but the virus may spread after the signs and symptoms have disappeared because it persists in fecal material for up to 1 month. [cdc: hand, foot, and mouth disease]. Read more...

How contagious is hand foot and mouth disease? Can an adult get it and how long is it contagious?

Easy to catch! You bet! the virus is spread via nose and throat secretions, blister fluid and poop. You're most contagious during the first week of symptoms although you can shed virus for several weeks later. You can return to daycare or school when your blisters are healed. Adults can sometimes get hfm disease but usually happens to kids under 10 years old. Read more...

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...

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...