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Ever Heard of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease?

Ever Heard of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease?
July 12, 2013 Melissa Bauman

Not to be confused with “hoof and mouth disease”. Hand, foot and mouth disease only affects humans, is contagious and in the DFW area.

What is it?

  • A virus that predominantly affects children 5 years old and under.Little Girl Sick With Hand, Foot and Mouth


  1. Fever
  2. Mouth sores
  3. Rash

How is it contracted?

  1. Contact with bodily fluids of infected person
    • Touch
    • Air borne

Ways to prevent?

  1. Wash hands often
  2. Keep hand sanitizers handy
  3. Disinfect surfaces
  4. Shower
  5. Avoid contact with infected persons
  6. Avoid swallowing pool water


  1. There is no specific way to treat hand, foot and mouth disease, it usually goes away on its own
    • Helpful ways to subdue symptoms
      • Numbing mouth wash
      • Over the counter, child pain relievers
For more helpful information on Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease, check out the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.


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