This illness of the hands, feet and mouth is a contagious illness caused by different viruses. It is common in babies and children younger than 5 because they do not have a well-developed immunity yet (protection) from the viruses that cause the illness. But, still, bigger children and adults can also be affected.
In the United States it is more common that people acquire this illness of hands, feet and mouth in spring, summer and autumn.
WHY IS IT CALLED THE HAND, FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE?
This disease owes its name to the eruptions that do not sting and are found on the hands. HFMD is a diverse infection of the infection of cattle, sheep and is called foot-and-mouth disease.
This illness does not come from domestic animals but it can spread through direct personal contact. The contact with the affected person affects the nose, the saliva and the liquids through some of the broken blisters. The first week of the infection is the most contagious one.
SYMPTOMS OF THE HAND, FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE
Headache and lack of appetite are some of the symptoms included. There is aching present in the legs and feet and most people of the patients develop an eruption of very small blisters on the hands, feet, and area around the mouth.
These blisters are painful when you press them or touch them. They are quite visible.