Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
- Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common viral illness that primarily affects infants and young children. It is usually caused by the Coxsackievirus A16 or Enterovirus 71.
- HFMD is characterized by fever, sore throat, and the development of small, painful sores or blisters on the hands, feet, and inside the mouth. It can also cause a rash on the buttocks and legs.
- The virus spreads through close personal contact, such as sharing utensils or touching contaminated surfaces. It can also be transmitted through respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing.
- Treatment for HFMD is primarily focused on relieving symptoms, such as fever and discomfort. Over-the counter pain relievers and oral fluids can help manage the symptoms. It is important to ensure good hygiene practices to prevent the spread of the virus.
- Most cases of HFMD resolve on their own within a week to ten days, and complications are rare.