Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a highly contagious infection. It’s caused by viruses from the Enterovirus genus, most commonly the coxsackievirus.
These viruses can spread from person-to-person through direct contact with unwashed hands or surfaces contaminated with feces.
It can also be transmitted through contact with an infected person’s saliva, stool, or respiratory secretions.
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is characterized by blisters or sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet.
The infection can affect people of all ages, but it usually occurs in children under age 5. It is generally a mild condition that goes away on its own within several days.
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What are the symptoms of hand - foot and mouth disease?
The symptoms begin to develop three to seven days after the initial infection. This period is known as the incubation period. When symptoms do appear, you or your child may experience:
a poor appetite
a sore throat