HAND, FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE
Red spots usually appear on the hands and feet that will develop into blisters.
The blisters are grey in the centre and can be painful.
Ulcers appear in the mouth and on the tongue. These can be painful and make it difficult to eat or drink.
The symptoms of this disease are usually the same in adults as they are in children but the symptoms can be much worse in adults. However, it is hard for you to get it a second time.
You can’t take antibiotics or medicines to cure hand, foot and mouth disease, it has to run its course. It usually gets better in 7 to 10 days.
To help with the symptoms:
A pharmacist can help with hand, foot and mouth disease
Speak to your pharmacist for advice about treatments, such as mouth ulcer gels, sprays, and mouthwashes to relieve pain. They can tell you which ones are suitable for children.
See Your GP if:
Hand, foot and mouth disease is infectious. Check with your GP surgery before you go in. They may suggest a phone consultation.
How to Stop it Spreading
Hand, foot and mouth disease is spread easily to other people. It is spread through coughs, sneezes and defecation.
You are infectious from a few days before you have any symptoms, but you’re most likely to give it to others in the first five days after symptoms start.
To reduce the risk of spreading hand, foot and mouth disease:
Stay off work or keep your child away from school or nursery while they’re feeling unwell.
Check with your school or nursery guidance on when children can return after hand, foot and mouth disease.
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease in Pregnancy:
Although there’s normally no risk to the pregnancy or baby, it’s best to avoid close contact with anyone who has hand, foot and mouth disease.
This is because:
Speak to your GP or midwife if you have been in contact with someone with hand, foot and mouth disease.
If you can’t speak with your GP or widwife, or if you don’t know what to do next, call 111.