Picture of Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease in Mouth 1
Hand-foot-and-mouth disease. This common illness is caused by a group of viruses known as enteroviruses. Coxsackievirus A16 is the enterovirus responsible for most cases of hand-foot-and-mouth disease. The illness occurs most commonly in babies and children under the age of 5, but adults may be affected, too. Fever, sore throat, reduced appetite, and malaise are early symptoms of infection. Small, blistering mouth sores develop 1 to 2 days later on the roof of the mouth, the inside of the cheeks, tongue, and other oral surfaces. Mouth sores may make it difficult to eat and drink. A rash consisting of red spots or blisters appears on the soles of the feet and palms of the hands. Pain relievers and mouth numbing sprays may be used to relieve symptoms of hand-foot-and-mouth disease. The illness is usually benign and resolves on its own.
Text Reference: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): "Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD)."