Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Overview
What is hand, foot and mouth disease?
A person with hand, foot and mouth disease has a viral infection that causes a rash on the hands, feet and mouth. Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common illness in children. Outbreaks occur in the spring and fall. Hand, foot and mouth disease is caused by Coxsackievirus.
What are the symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease?
Symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease include sore throat, fever, fatigue, and mouth or tongue lesions that look like blisters. Other symptoms include swollen glands in the neck and a rash that may appear as blisters on the palms, fingers, or feet.
How does the doctor treat hand, foot and mouth disease?
Hand, foot and mouth disease lasts for 7 to 10 days, and then resolves. Treatment for hand, foot and mouth disease includes a soft diet, liquid diet, oral numbing medicines, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.
Continue to Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Incidence
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