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Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease Directory

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is an infectious disease that, in most cases, is caused by the coxsackie virus. The disease most often occurs in children under 10 and is characterized by a rash of small blister-like sores on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and in the mouth. Symptoms include fever, sore throat, and headache. The disease is spread from person to person through saliva, fluid from blisters, or the stools of an infected person. Outbreaks occur most often in the summer and early fall. There is no treatment other than a pain reliever like acetaminophen. Saltwater mouth rinses may sooth sores in the mouth. The infection usually passes in a week. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how hand-foot-and-mouth disease is contracted, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.

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