A to Z: Hand, Foot, and Mouth Diseaseenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgHand, Foot, and Mouth disease is a common contagious illness caused by viruses from the enterovirus family, most commonly the coxsackievirus.hand, foot, and mouth, HFM, contagious, enterovirus, virus, coxsackie, blister, blistering, infection, CD1Primary Care03/27/201304/04/201909/02/201990eb44cb-173c-422b-89e4-f592e8379c8ehttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-hfm.html/<p><em>May also be called: HFM, HFMD</em></p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hfm.html/">Hand, foot, and mouth disease</a> is a common contagious illness caused by viruses from the enterovirus family, most commonly the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coxsackie.html/">coxsackievirus</a>.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFM) causes painful blisters in the mouth and throat, and on the hands, feet, and diaper area. Often, there is a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/">fever</a> that lasts about 3 days. All symptoms usually go away in less than a week. Because HFM is a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-viral.html/">viral infection</a>, antibiotics are not&nbsp;used to treat it.</p> <p>The infection most commonly affects children under age 5 and easily spreads to others through mucus, saliva, fluid from the blisters, or stool (poop).</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Hand, foot, and mouth disease is usually mild and will go away on its own in a few days.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
A to Z: Viral InfectionA viral infection is a an infection caused by a virus (a type of germ).https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-viral.html/008cb133-9a6e-4b42-aff4-4d10a23708f5
Coxsackievirus InfectionsCoxsackievirus infections can spread from person to person. In most cases, the viruses cause mild flu-like symptoms, but can lead to more serious infections.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coxsackie.html/185944f5-ec45-432d-8542-ae1cc902a4b0
Hand, Foot, and Mouth DiseaseHand, foot, and mouth disease (HFM) is a common viral infection that causes painful red blisters in the mouth and throat, and on the hands, feet, and diaper area. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hfm.html/91a76605-dfdc-40fb-aafe-707d3763cf98
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