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Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

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Top symptoms include:
  • Fever and poor appetite
  • Malaise, sore throat, painful mouth sores
  • Non-itchy skin rash, usually on the palms and soles.

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a viral infection common in infants and children. It tends to increase in the summer months, when the virus is most active. The first symptoms are usually a fever and poor appetite; mouth sores or a skin rash develop within 48 hours. The virus spreads via saliva, mucus, blister fluid, and stool; infected children can remain contagious for weeks after symptoms appear. The best prevention is washing hands often, disinfecting surfaces, and teaching your child not to put objects in his mouth.

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