Hand, foot and mouth disease is a kind of viral infection that is more commonly found in children. It can also be found in adults, but is more likely to occur in them if the person has an immune deficiency. Before reading further, please take into consideration the fact that this article is not intended to replace professional attention by someone in the medical field. If you need assistance in treating or diagnosing a condition, such as hand foot and mouth disease, please talk with someone who has the information to try to offer you proper advice.
HFMD is brought on by infection from a virus, commonly ones such as Enterovirus 71 or Coxsackie A. Not everyone who is infected with these will end up becoming ill with HFMD, however. The condition is contagious, but only to a moderate extent rather than extremely so. Contact with saliva, mucus, or fecal matter from an infected person are ways in which it can be spread.
Once infected with the virus, an incubation time of generally between 3 and 7 days takes place before the patient begins to show symptoms (if he is to develop hand, foot and mouth disease). Fever and a sore throat are two common early symptoms in the disease. Sores, which are painful, can appear in the person’s mouth and/or throat. A rash can appear on the skin, but it is not itchy. Fatigue, malaise, and appetite loss are some other possible symptoms, however, there are also more possibilities.