Treat Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

Most people with hand, foot, and mouth disease get better on their own in 7 to 10 days.

There is no specific medical treatment for hand, foot, and mouth disease.

You can take steps to relieve symptoms and prevent dehydration while you or your child are sick.

Treat symptoms and prevent dehydration

Take over-the-counter medications to relieve fever and pain caused by mouth sores. Never give aspirin to children.

Drink enough liquids. Mouth sores can make it painful to swallow, so your child might not want to drink much. Make sure they drink enough to stay hydrated.

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When to see a healthcare provider

See a healthcare provider if

  • Your child is not drinking enough to stay hydrated
  • Symptoms do not improve after 10 days
  • Your child has a weakened immune system or if the symptoms are severe
  • Your child is very young, especially younger than 6 months
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Prevent it from spreading

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay home when you are sick
Prevent HFMD
Wash Your Hands

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Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds to stop germs from spreading.

When and How to Wash Your Hands