Hand Foot and Mouth Disease
HFMD is caused by an enterovirus. It spreads easily from person to person through contact with an infected person's:
- Fluid from blisters
Problems may be:
- Eating or drinking less than usual
- Sore throat
- Painful sores in the mouth
- A skin rash on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet
Most people get better on their own in 7 to 10 days. The goal is to manage symptoms and promote healing. Choices are:
- Over the counter pain relievers
- Drinking plenty of fluids
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Edits to original content made by Denver Health.
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