Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease
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Hand, foot, and mouth disease, or HFMD, is a contagious illness that is caused by different viruses. It is common in infants and children younger than 5 years old. However, older children and adults can also get HFMD. Symptoms include fever, mouth sores, and a skin rash. In the United States it is more common for people to get HFMD during summer and fall.
- Usually causes fever, painful sores in the mouth, and a rash on the hands and feet (sometimes with blisters).
- HFMD is a contagious disease.
- It mostly affects infants and children younger than 5 years old but people of any age can be infected.
- It has no specific treatment.
- Infection risk can be reduced by practicing good hygiene such as washing hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups and eating utensils with people who have HFMD.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, including objects such as toys and doorknobs.