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Hand, foot and mouth disease
Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a highly contagious infection that typically spreads among young children, usually as a result of a coxsackie virus (CAV-16). HFMD occurs in waves during summer and early fall.
After an incubation period of four to six days, the virus produces the following symptoms in those infected:
The disease can last for seven to ten days, during which it is most contagious. The virus can also be present in a person’s stool for several weeks after the onset of initial symptoms.
While rare, complications, such as encephalitis, viral meningitis and pulmonary edema or hemorrhage can develop. If this situation does occur, it is usually when the disease is caused by enterovirus 71 (EV-71).
See a doctor immediately if your child presents any of these symptoms:
Transmission and prevention
Children, and occasionally adults, contract the disease in one of two ways:
The most effective ways to keep the disease from spreading is to make sure that those infected and their loved ones wash their hands frequently and thoroughly and to disinfect all contaminated surfaces and objects (diaper-changing areas, toilet bowls, soiled clothes, etc.).
Care and treatment
HFMD requires no special treatment and cannot be cured with medication or antibiotics. But here are a few things you can do to help your child feel better.
Do you have questions about HFMD or any other health matter? Talk to your family pharmacist for answers!
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