Introduction: Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease


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Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease: Common contagious viral infant or child condition

Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease: Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common illness of infants and children. It is characterized by fever, sores in the mouth, and a rash with blisters. HFMD begins with a mild fever, poor appetite, malaise ("feeling sick"), and frequently a sore throat. One or 2 days after the fever begins, sores develop in the mouth. They begin as small red spots that blister and then often become ulcers. They are usually located on the tongue, gums, and inside of the cheeks. The skin rash develops over 1 to 2 days with flat or raised red spots, some with blisters. The rash does not itch, and it is usually located on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. It may also appear on the buttocks. A person with HFMD may have only the rash or the mouth ulcers. 1

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1. excerpt from Facts About Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease: CDC-OC

Last revision: April 11, 2003

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