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Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease: How it is Transmitted

By | source:Here Sep 1st, 2023

Hand, foot and mouth disease, also known as HFMD, is a common childhood illness caused by a virus. It’s characterized by fever, sore throat and blisters in the mouth. The illness often begins with a fever higher than 102 degrees Fahrenheit (38.8 Celsius). There may also be sores in the mouth or on hands and feet.

1. Sneezing or Coughing

Sneezing and coughing are two ways to spread the virus. If you have hand, foot, and mouth disease, you’re likely to sneeze or cough a lot because of how uncomfortable it is. The virus can be spread through respiratory droplets (tiny drops of water that come out when you sneeze or cough). If a person who has the virus coughs in your direction, some of those droplets may land on you and enter your body through your nose or mouth.


2. Kissing, Embracing or Sharing Utensils

Kissing, embracing or sharing utensils are not recommended for two weeks after the symptoms of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease have disappeared. If you do kiss your child, wash your hands afterwards. Do not share utensils with others unless they have been thoroughly cleaned with soap and warm water before use.


3. Poop Contact When Changing Diaper

Hand, foot and mouth disease is transmitted through poop. The virus can be found in the stool of infected people and animals. If you don’t wash your hands after changing a diaper or touching something that has been contaminated with feces (such as a toy), you could get it from that object and then pass it on to other people or things. The virus can also live for several hours on surfaces like toys or tables.


4. Touching Surfaces and Objects That Have The Pathogen on Them


The virus can be transmitted through direct contact with an infected person’s saliva or other bodily fluids, such as urine or stool. You should wash your hands frequently with soap and water to decrease the risk of infection. If you do come into contact with someone who has hand, foot and mouth disease, do not touch your face or nose until after washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Also avoid sharing eating utensils with anyone who has been diagnosed with HFMD because this increases the possibility of contracting HFMD yourself; likewise, refrain from kissing or embracing anyone who has contracted it until they recover fully from their symptoms (which usually takes several days). Wash clothes that have been exposed to the virus thoroughly in hot water before wearing them again; similarly wash bedding that has been exposed regularly throughout its lifespan so as not spread germs via contact between clothing/bedding items


Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common childhood illness caused by the enterovirus. The virus is transmitted through sneezing, coughing and touching surfaces with the pathogen on them. It can be passed from person to person or from infected animals to humans. Hand, foot and mouth disease is a very common illness in children. It’s important to know the signs so that you can get treatment quickly if your child develops them. The best way to prevent this disease is through hand washing and good hygiene practices such as avoiding kissing when someone has an open sore on their lips or mouth area.