What Is Hand Foot And Mouth Disease?
- Hand foot and mouth disease causes sores on the hands, feet, in or on the mouth, and sometimes on the legs and buttocks.
- This is a highly contagious infection caused by viruses from the Enterovirus family.
How Is Hand Foot And Mouth Disease Transmitted?
- Hand, foot, and mouth disease can be transmitted by direct contact with a surface containing traces of the virus, unwashed hands, contact with an infected person's stool, respiratory secretions or saliva.
Who Is Mostly Affected By Hand Foot And Mouth Disease?
- It usually occurs in children under age 5, but the infection can affect people of all ages.
- It is usually a mild infection that goes away on its own within several days.
What Are The Symptoms Of Hand Foot And Mouth Disease?
- A red rash on the soles of the feet and hands
- Poor appetite
- Red painful blisters in the mouth
- Sore throat
How Is Hand Foot And Mouth Disease Treated?
- Usually in most cases infection will go away in a few days without treatment.
- Wash hands using soap and hot water, especially before eating, after using the restroom and after being in public areas.
- Children should be told not to put objects or hands in or near their mouth.
- Disinfect shared surfaces, common areas, pacifiers, toys, and anything else contaminated with the virus. Clean surfaces and items first with soap and hot water, then with a diluted solution of bleach and water.