Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common infection that causes mouth ulcers and spots on the hands and feet. Hand, foot and mouth disease can be unpleasant, but it will usually clear up by itself within 7 to 10 days. You can normally look after yourself or your child at home. The symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease usually develop between three and five days after being exposed to the infection.
Symptoms and Diagnosis of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
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Hand, foot and mouth disease is generally a mild illness caused by a number of enteroviruses, including coxsackieviruses. It is usually not a serious illness, and occurs and is not related to the foot and mouth disease that affects cattle. It mainly occurs in children under 10 years of age but can also occur in older children and adults. Hand, foot and mouth disease starts with blisters that begin as small red dots which later become ulcers.
Back to Health A to Z. Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common childhood illness that can also affect adults. It usually gets better on its own in 7 to 10 days.
Hand-foot-and-mouth disease — a mild, contagious viral infection common in young children — is characterized by sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is most commonly caused by a coxsackievirus. There's no specific treatment for hand-foot-and-mouth disease. Frequent hand-washing and avoiding close contact with people who are infected with hand-foot-and-mouth disease may help reduce your child's risk of infection. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease often causes a rash of painful, red, blister-like lesions on the palms of the hands.