What is hand, foot & mouth disease?

A viral infection. Hand foot mouth disease (hfm) is usually from viruses such as coxsackie virus. Children are the usual patients who get hfm disease, but their parents can also get infected. People should see their doctors to verify their illnesses, as other infections (such as strep throat) can cause sore throat & skin rashes. Coxsackie hfm infections in the U.S. Usually go away on their own without complications.
Coxsackie virus. Hand, foot and mouth disease is a viral illness caused by the coxsackie virus. Children present with red dots and tiny blisters commonly found inside the mouth and on the hands and feet although the rash can appear anywhere in the body. Accompanying symptoms maybe fever, loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea. This disease is contagious.

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What are signs of hand foot mouth disease?

Fever/spots/pain. Hfm varies more in intensity than anything. 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. Read more...

What are the tests for hand foot mouth disease?

Physical exam. Hand-foot-mouth disease is a very common viral illness, usually occurring in childhood. It is diagnosed by physical exam, not by laboratory studies. Here is a link to the centers for disease control article about the disease. http://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/index.html. Read more...
Rarely done. This is a pattern illness that is usually labeled based on clinical findings (exam+history). A variety of tests done at research hospitals has identified the 3 strains of enterovirus involved, but the cost and invasive nature of such tests make them unsuitable for everyday use. No kid wants his blood drawn & poop collected to verify a self healing illness. Read more...

What are the symptoms of hand foot mouth disease?

Sores in mouth. Sores in the back of the mouth. Small children may refuse to eat or drink. Fever to 103 f for 2 days. Rash on palms and soles. The rash looks like small blisters. Rash can also be on the upper thigh and buttocks (red bumps). Read more...