What Are the Symptoms of the Human Version of Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease?


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The symptoms of the human version of hand-foot-and-mouth disease include sore throat, tiredness and a fever of around 101 to 103 degrees Fahrenheit, says WebMD. The patient then develops blisters or sores on or in the mouth and on the feet, hands and sometimes the buttocks. Some patients develop a skin rash before developing the blisters.

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Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is a viral infection that usually doesn’t last more than a week. It commonly occurs in children, but can also affect adults, according to WebMD.

A healthy person catches the virus by coming into contact with an infected person’s saliva, stool, fluid from blisters, nasal secretions or throat discharge, or respiratory droplets in the air after a sneeze or cough, explains Mayo Clinic. The patient exhibits symptoms in three to six days after exposure to the virus, says WebMD. To remedy the disease, the patient should take plenty of cool liquids to help with the sore throat and avoid spicy or acidic foods, since they make mouth sores more painful. He should also take drugs such as Tylenol or Advil to relieve the fever and pain and avoid aspirin, since it has been linked to Reye's syndrome.

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is frequently confused with foot-and-mouth disease, which occurs in swine, sheep and cattle. However, the two illnesses are caused by different viruses and do not spread between animals and humans, notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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