Prevention & Treatment
There is currently no vaccine in the United States to protect against the viruses that cause hand, foot, and mouth disease. But researchers are working to develop vaccines to help prevent hand, foot, and mouth disease in the future.
You can lower your risk of being infected by doing the following:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after changing diapers and using the toilet. Visit CDC’s Clean Hands Save Lives! for more information
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and soiled items, including toys
- Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, or sharing eating utensils or cups with people with hand, foot, and mouth disease
There is no specific treatment for hand, foot, and mouth disease. However, you can do some things to relieve symptoms:
- Take over-the-counter medications to relieve pain and fever (Caution: Aspirin should not be given to children.)
- Use mouthwashes or sprays that numb mouth pain
If a person has mouth sores, it might be painful for them to swallow. However, it is important for people with hand, foot, and mouth disease to drink enough liquids to prevent dehydration (loss of body fluids). If a person cannot swallow enough liquids to avoid dehydration, they may need to receive them through an IV in their vein.
If you are concerned about your symptoms you should contact your health care provider.
- Page last reviewed: December 22, 2017
- Page last updated: December 22, 2017
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