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Hand, foot and mouth disease

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Introduction
Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a viral infection that can affect young children.
Symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease
Symptoms of hand, foot and mouth include mouth ulcers, a high temperature and a painless skin rash.
Causes of hand, foot and mouth disease
Hand, foot and mouth disease is usually caused by the coxsackie A virus, although it can also be caused by the enterovirus 71 or other types of coxsackie viruses.
Diagnosing hand, foot and mouth disease
Your GP should be able to make a diagnosis of hand, foot and mouth disease by asking you about your child’s symptoms and examining their skin
Treating hand, foot and mouth disease
There is no specific treatment for hand, foot and mouth disease. The condition usually clears up by itself without treatment after 7-10 days.
Complications of hand, foot and mouth disease
Complications of hand, foot and mouth disease are rare but they could include dehydration or a secondary skin infection.