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Hand foot and mouth disease in adults: is it contagious, early symptoms including rash explained and treatment




Hand, foot and mouth disease in adults should not be confused with foot and mouth disease, which only affects cattle, sheep and pigs


As we enter the summer months, it’s approaching the time of time when handbottom and mouth complaint becomes most common and contagious.

This is everything you need to know including how it’s treated, and when it’s time to see a croaker .

What’s hand, bottom and mouth complaint?

Hand, bottom and mouth complaint is a common nonage illness that can also affect grown-ups.

It generally causes pocks on the hands and bases, and ulcers in the mouth.
Hand, bottom and mouth complaint shouldn’t be conflated with bottom and mouth complaint, which only affects cattle, lamb and gormandizers not humans.

The complaint is most common during the late summer and early afterlife, and it’s extremely contagious. The contagion is generally spread via driblets of mucus or slaver in the air from effects like coughing or sneezing.

It can also spread by direct contact with the fluid from the pocks of someone that has the complaint.

What are the symptoms?

Bupa explains that the original symptoms of hand, bottom and mouth complaint can present in the following ways

  • A fever
  • A sore throat
  • A cough
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain in your stomach
What are the symptoms?

still, bottom and mouth complaint, you may start to develop other symptoms within a many days, If it’s hand.

  • Blisters or ulcers in your mouth
  • Spots or blisters on your hands and feet
  • A rash

The NHS says that symptoms are generally the same in grown-ups and children, but they can be worse in babies and children under five.

How is it treated?

Generally hand, bottom and mouth complaint gets better on its own in around seven to 10 days- there are no drugs or antibiotics that you can take to cure the contagion.

To ease your symptoms, you should

  • Drink lots of fluids to prevent dehydration, but avoid acidic drinks like fruit juices
  • Eat soft foods like yoghurt, and avoid hot and spicy foods 
  • Take over the counter painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen to help ease pain in your mouth or throat 

A druggist may be suitable to recommend treatments like mouth ulcer gels and mouthwashes to help relieve the pain. They will also be suitable to show you which bones are suitable for children.

When should I see a croaker ?

While hand, bottom and mouth complaint generally gets better on its own after seven to 10 days, there are a many scripts in which you should see your GP.

The NHS says you should see your doctor if:

  • The symptoms have not improved after seven to 10 days
  • You or your child has a very high temperature, or feels hot and shivery
  • You’re worried about your child’s symptoms 
  • Your child is dehydrated – they’re not peeing as often as usual 
  • You’re pregnant and have hand, foot and mouth disease

How to stop the virus from spreading?

Because the virus is easily transmitted from person to person, it’s important to take measures to stop the disease from being passed on.

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You can start spreading it from a many days before you indeed have any symptoms, and you ’re most likely to spread it to others in the first five days after your symptoms start.
To reduce spreading hand, bottom and mouth complaint, the NHS says

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water – and children’s hands too
  • Use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
  • Bin used tissues as quickly as possible
  • Do not share towels or household items like cups or cutlery 
  • Wash soiled bedding and clothing on a hot wash

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