Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) is a viral infection characterised by ulcers in the mouth and rashes on the hands and feet. The ulcers may be painful.
HFMD affects primarily infants and young children although adults may also be at risk.
HFMD is caused by an enterovirus which is moderately contagious, especially during the first week of illness. The virus can spread directly from person to person via saliva, stool and respiratory droplets. It can also spread indirectly via items contaminated with the secretions.
These symptoms usually appear within 3 to 6 days of infection:
HFMD in children usually resolves itself within 7 to 10 days. Your doctor may recommend certain medications to relieve the symptoms.