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Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease (HFMD) is a fairly common viral infection that affects children under the age of five. However, in rare cases, it can also occur in adults.
HFMD is caused by an infection associated with certain types of Enteroviruses.
While it can occur in adults, Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease tends to occur more in children under five years of age.
HFMD can occur at any time during the year, but it is more common in summer and fall.
Symptoms of hand, foot, and mouth disease include:
*Because of painful mouth sores and/or a sore throat, children may experience dehydration due to difficulty swallowing.
HFMD is contagious and can spread to others via:
In general, someone who is infected with HFMD will be the most contagious during that first week. However, some people can be contagious for as long as several days to weeks after symptoms have dissipated. The best way to avoid HFMD is to maintain proper hygiene. One of the biggest things adults can do is ensure that they wash their hands frequently. If you have children, or if your child is infected with HFMD, ensure that you disinfect all toys, surfaces, and other soiled items frequently.
Your child should see a doctor if your child is drinking very poorly and not urinating well.
HFMD is treated with non-prescription medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to alleviate the pain. It is extremely important that children drink enough fluids to stay hydrated. Currently, there is no vaccine to protect against the viruses that cause hand, foot, and mouth disease.
About Travis Honeycutt, MD
Dr. Honeycutt is a board-certified pediatrician with WakeMed Physician Practices. He specializes in pediatric intensive care and inpatient pediatrics and has extensive experience in providing medical care in developing countries.
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610