What is hand-foot-mouth disease?

Also known as: hand-foot-and-mouth disease, hand foot and mouth disease, hand, foot, and mouth disease, HFMD.

Hand-foot-mouth disease is a viral infection that tends to impact young children. The symptoms are mild and, as the name implies, affect the hands, feet and mouth with the development of skin blisters. The disease is contagious and can be passed from child to child.

Reviewed by: Otto M Ramos, MD

This page was last updated on: 1/29/2019 3:21:13 PM

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