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What is Hand Foot and Mouth Disease?

What is Hand Foot and Mouth Disease?

What is Hand Foot and Mouth Disease?

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD) is viral, contagious disease that can cause a rash in the mouth, hands and feet of an infant or young child. In rare cases, adults can be affected by this illness too. It’s characterized by sores in the mouth and a rash on the feet and hands, and it is most commonly caused by a bacterium that lives in the human digestive tract. It can spread by unwashed hands.

What are the symptoms of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease?Plainfield Dental Care: What is Hand Foot and Mouth Disease?

Symptoms of HFMD can include the following:

  • Fever;
  • Sore throat;
  • Poor appetite; and
  • Not feeling well.

A couple of days after the fever starts, sores may begin to develop in the mouth. A skin rash may follow on the palms of hands and soles of feet. However, some may only experience the sores and others may only experience the rash.

How can we prevent Hand Foot and Mouth Disease?

Right now, there is not a vaccines for HFMD. However, steps can be taken to ensure that your child is protected and catching the disease is reduced. These include:

  • Making sure your child washes their hands often;
  • Thoroughly cleaning toys, objects and surfaces; and
  • Making sure your child avoids close contact with others who are infected.

Usually parents should not be very concerned if their child becomes diagnosed with HFMD. Nearly all children infected with HFMD recover within 7 to 10 days without medical treatment. When in doubt, visit us at Plainfield Dental Care or contact your pediatrician.

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