Clinicians frequently see patients with common communicable illnesses. Adult patients with exposure to children may be particularly vulnerable to acquiring childhood ailments. Therefore, it is important that providers who care for adults also be familiar with common childhood illnesses and understand how they manifest in adults. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease HFMD is one such common childhood disease.
Hand, foot and mouth disease
Hand-foot-and-mouth disease - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
This disease is common in young children. It causes fever, mouth sores, and a skin rash. Wash your hands often to lessen your chances of getting sick. Hand, foot, and mouth disease, or HFMD, is a contagious illness caused by different viruses.
You Mean Adults Get Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease, Too?
Hand, foot, and mouth disease HFMD is a common infection caused by a group of viruses. The viruses that cause HFMD are spread through close personal contact, through the air from coughing and the feces of an infected person. Handwashing may prevent spread, and those infected should not go to work, daycare or school. HFMD occurs in all areas of the world.
Hand-foot-and-mouth disease — a mild, contagious viral infection common in young children — is characterized by sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is most commonly caused by a coxsackievirus. There's no specific treatment for hand-foot-and-mouth disease.