Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease Quiz

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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is hand-foot-mouth disease?

HFMD (Hand-foot-mouth disease) is a highly contagious viral infection. To prevent transmission, patients should wash their hands regularly and avoid going to school until the ulcers have healed and the rashes have dried up. Patients often eat and drink less due to the painful mouth ulcers, hence it is important to monitor for dehydration and encourage food and water intake.

Symptoms of hand-foot-mouth disease

  • Skin abnormality

  • Blisters on the hands and/or feet

  • Recent contact with sick people with similar symptoms

  • Spots in mouth

  • Small, painful blisters

  • Blisters in my lips or mouth

  • Fatigue

  • Symptoms started with mouth pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for hand-foot-mouth disease

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose hand-foot-mouth disease

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • Do you have blisters on your hands and feet?

  • Are there people around you with the same symptoms?

  • Do you have spots or boils in your mouth?

  • Do you have small painful blisters on your skin?

Treatment for hand-foot-mouth disease

There is no specific treatment to cure this disease, however it will usually clear within one to two weeks. The doctor may prescribe creams or medicines to relieve pain from the mouth sores. Patients often eat and drink less due to the painful mouth sores, hence it is important to monitor for dehydration and encourage food and water intake.

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Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

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Yukiko Ueda

Yukiko Ueda, MD

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