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Don’t worry. This viral illness sounds much worse than it is (and it’s not the same as foot-and-mouth disease, which affects primarily livestock).
Although Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD) is contagious, it’s usually not serious and will clear up on its own within 7 to 10 days, similarly to a cold.
Symptoms may include fever, painful small blisters on hands and feet, and ulcers in the throat. It’s possible to catch the disease if you come into direct contact with nose and throat discharges, saliva, fluid from blisters, or the stools of an infected person.
There is no specific treatment for hand, foot and mouth disease. Fever and pain can be managed with over-the-counter fever reducers/pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. It is important to drink enough fluids to prevent dehydration. The illness is usually not serious; however, if you experience severe or prolonged symptoms (more than 10 days) or have other chronic medical conditions, contact your health care provider.
Just like the cold or other illnesses, do you part to prevent getting and sharing the virus by washing your hands often; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; avoid close contact with people who are infected; and disinfecting frequently touch surface, especially if someone is sick.