Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is an infection in young children, usually caused by the Coxsackie virus. It is easily spread through contact with the infected person's saliva, mucus, or feces.

Symptoms are usually mild and include a rash of small sores or blisters that usually appear on the hands and feet and in the mouth. The infection usually goes away on its own in about 7 to 10 days. You can use home care to help relieve your child's symptoms.

Current as of: July 26, 2016

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease