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Hand, Foot and Mouth

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Hand foot and mouth disease is a viral infection that causes a sore throat, fever and little ulcers to form in the mouth, on the hands, feet, legs and also the buttocks and the back. It’s a fairly common condition in children under 10, and though it is inconvenient, unpleasant and easily spread, it is not particularly harmful. Hand, foot and mouth is not the same thing as foot and mouth disease, which affects cows, sheep and pigs and is only very, very rarely passed on to humans.

The early symptoms of hand, foot and mouth are similar to a cold, and the disease is spread in much the same way: through coming into direct contact with someone who is already infected, especially when they are sneezing or coughing. It can also be spread by touching the blisters themselves, or by coming into contact with an infected child’s poo – including dirty nappies. The symptoms themselves last for about a week, but children can still pass it on to others two or three weeks after the symptoms have gone.

The blisters themselves will appear inside the mouth (these can be on the tongue, the gums or inside the cheeks) and there may also be a red rash, particularly on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet, but potentially spreading across the body. These spots or blisters don’t itch, but the area will feel sore and tender.

There’s no cure for hand, foot and mouth, but in most cases the body will fight off the symptoms in about a week. Junior paracetemol will help ease the temperature, and give your child plenty of liquid to keep them hydrated.

Though not harmful, this is a very infectious condition. Unfortunately, there’s not much parents can do to guard against it other than keeping your child away from anyone who is infected, and making sure they keep their hands clean after going to the loo.

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Hi I am 19 and was wondering about a some sort of condition I have with my hands and foot, for years ive had spots appearing on my left foot but never my right then in the past year or so there appearing on my hands they disturb me atol unlesys I pick them but they look discusting anyway, the only way I can describe them are little tiny bumps filled with liquid and its comes worse on my hands, if you can help please let me know because the doc just said its a form of dermatitas but Im not buying it because the medication doesnt do a thing and it keeps coming back





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I am curious about my 5 month old son spreading this to other areas of his own body. He has a tiny blister on one of his fingers and we've been keeping a little mitten on that hand because we're worried that if he puts that hand in his mouth, he'll get the blisters there too. Does this make any sense?? Would that actually happen? So far (2 days), it hasn't spread at all, but he hates the mitten. He's getting really frustrated with it and if it's not necessary, I want to take it off. Thanks for any answers! :)





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Hi, I'm 18 a junior in high school and I've had these lil white blisters on my feet now for about 2 weeks and just stay sleepy all the time. My mom took me to the doc yesterday and the doc said I have hand, feet, mouth virus. I've been sneezing for weeks now. I woke up yesterday morning to go to school n my throat was sore. Last night my throat got even more sore n I developed hot n cold flashes n my body aches all over. I've never heard of this virus before.





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I am 21 in 5 days, my little sister (14) and I caught this off my niece (3) I don't know why they insist that it's only really common in kids because it's not. In every other forum it seems like the parents have caught it off their children and had far worse symptoms. I hope I'm better for my birthday.





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My sons 19 months old covered in red spots and red blisters hes of nursery I hope he gets well soon he misses his nursery very much





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my 5 year old boy has the spots around and in his mouth only, no spots on his hands and feet.. he has all the other symptoms...can it still be hand foot and mouth??





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My boy had that for 2 days, then the rash appeared all over his body. Take him to the docs xx

How do children get foot and mouth?Ive never heard of it.Shocked!





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its not foot & mouth...thats the one the animals get!!! its hand, foot and mouth, very easily spread through coughs and sneezes, the fluid from the spots, feaces...;-(

My 3 year old has hand foot and mouth for the 2nd time. I'm worried because I'm 12weeks pregnant. Am I at risk?





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Hi my son of 2 1/2 has got hfmd I work in a nursing home and would just like to know am I able to go to work or would I be passing this on? in the home many thanks





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hi my 2 year old has what looks like hfmd but also a few tiny spots on body and chest and complaining of a sore hand all day could this be the strat of bacterial meningitis.





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Symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease usually appear three to five days after infection with the virus. They last for 7 to 10 days before disappearing on their own. Read More »