Symptoms of hand-foot-and-mouth include:
Causes of hand-foot-and-mouth
Polioviruses, coxsackieviruses, echoviruses and enteroviruses are all part of the enterovirus genus virus, which is the cause of hand-foot-and-mouth. It can be transmitted by:
- Breathing in air that has been affected through sneezing, coughing, or talking
- Coming in contact with infected stool
- Coming in contact with fluid from the blisters/sores
- Wash hands often using soap and warm water. Teach your child to wash hands after every bathroom use. It is also important for parents to wash hands after diaper changes and using the toilet.
- Clean/disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched such as handles, toys and countertops.
- Avoid close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with HFMD. Do not hug or share utensils or cups with the infected person.
Unfortunately, there is no vaccine to prevent this disease. There are, however, ways to help prevent it:
If your child becomes infected and attends daycare, it is vital for that child to remain at home so the disease does not spread.
Diagnosis of hand-foot-and-mouth disease
If you or your child has a sore throat, body rash and sores, stop by one of our MyCare Express Clinic locations. Diagnosis of HFMD is typically determined by an examination of how the sores and rash appear. Depending on how severe the rash and body sores are, a throat or stool sample may be collected and sent to a testing laboratory.
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