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Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
(Vesicular Stomatitis With Exanthem)
- Contact with someone who is infected
- Age: children under 10 years old
- Mild fever
- Poor appetite
- Sore throat
- Painful sores in the mouth
- Skin rash that does not itch, usually on the palms of hands and soles of feet
- Throat swab
- Stool specimen
- Wash your hands frequently, especially after diaper changes.
- Clean contaminated surfaces with soap and water followed by a diluted solution of chlorine-containing bleach. (Mix about one-fourth cup of bleach with one-gallon water.)
- Avoid close contact with children with HFMD.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases http://www.niaid.nih.gov
Canadian Pediatric Society http://www.cps.ca
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
Hand-foot-and-mouth disease. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. Updated July 13, 2012. Accessed January 2, 2013.
Hand, foot, and mouth disease. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/index.html. Updated May 29, 2012. Accessed January 2, 2012.
- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 11/2012
- Update Date: 11/26/2012