Hand, foot, and mouth disease is contagious. Because the sores make it painful to swallow, children and adults can become dehydrated. A child is very contagious during the first week of the illness and he or she can still be contagious for days to weeks after the illness resolves. As a parent caring for a child who has the virus, your primary goals are to keep your child comfortable, at home to rest and away from situations that will infect others. Do the sores or blisters leave long-term scars?
What causes hand, foot, and mouth disease?
The lab can test for the virus and rule out other possible causes of the symptoms. Learn the symptoms, causes, and treatment for common illnesses experienced by…. It was hard to understand.