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Español: Diagnóstico para la enfermedad de manos, pies y boca

Boy with symptoms hand, foot and mouth disease.

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is one of many infections that causes mouth sores. Health care providers can usually identify mouth sores caused by hand, foot, and mouth disease by considering —

  • how old the patient is,
  • what symptoms the patient has, and
  • how the rash and mouth sores look.

Depending on how severe the symptoms are, samples from the throat or feces (stool) may be collected and sent to a laboratory to test for the virus.