Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common infection which is caused by a virus that causes mouth ulcers and spots on the hands and feet. It is more common under the age of ten but can affect older children and adults as well.
Symptoms can include a high temperature, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, sore throat, mouth ulcers and blisters on the fingers, the backs or palms of the hand, the soles of the feet, and occasionally on the buttocks and groin.
Treatment includes rest, fluids and if a child has a high temperature with discomfort then they can have dose related paracetamol or ibuprofen. It is recommended to exclude from day care until feeling better. The infection usually resolves after 7-10 days.
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