Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a viral infection caused by a strain of Coxsackie virus which is common in children but can occur in adults. The virus that causes HFMD can be found in an infected person’s:
An infected person may spread the virus that cause HFMD to another person through:
The first symptoms of HFMD usually start three to five days after exposure to the virus and can last up to seven to 10 days. Symptoms include:
There is no specific treatment for HFMD. Things can be done to relieve symptoms such as:
You can lower your risk of being infected by:
If you have questions, concerns, or think you might have HFMD, please call Health Service at 724-357-2550.