Hand, Foot, Mouth

What is an Hand, Foot, Mouth?

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD) is an infectious viral infection that causes ulcers in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet in young children. A coxsackievirus is the most prevalent cause of hand, foot, and mouth disease.


Hand-foot-and-mouth disease has no specific therapy. Handwashing frequently and avoiding close contact with people infected with hand, foot, and mouth disease can help minimize your child’s infection risk.

Causes & Treatment

What's the Symptoms of Hand, Foot, Mouth?

Hand, foot, and mouth illness can cause all or some of the following signs and symptoms. They are as follows:

Sore throat Fever

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On the tongue, gums, and inside of the cheeks, there are painful, red, blister-like sores.

A red rash on the palms, soles, and sometimes the buttocks that isn’t itchy but can blister.

Infant and toddler irritability

Appetite loss.

When should you see a doctor?

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is often a small infection with only a few days of fever and moderate signs and symptoms. If your kid is unable to swallow fluids due to mouth sores or a painful throat, see your doctor. Also, if your child’s signs and symptoms worsen after a few days, call your doctor.

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