Patient Comments: Hand Foot and Mouth Disease - Causes


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Comment from: Cathy, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 02

My daughter, 3 year old, got her hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) from her cousin. Her symptoms started 3 days after exposure to the virus. Initially, she had fever in the night then blisters were noted in the morning. The rashes looked like that of Varicella infection, but they were only seen on her palms, soles, legs, a few on the mouth, and nothing on the back, chest and abdomen. On the next day, the fever was gone, but the rashes had progressed. She complained about pain on walking.

Comment from: Epolenep, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 02

I caught hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) from my 18 month old grandson who caught it at day care. I then developed a sore throat, mouth ulcers, painful tongue, painful swollen rashes on my palms and soles of my feet. It was agony. I couldn’t use my hands or walk without severe pain. A month later I am better, but my hands and feet are still peeling. My feet are the worst with huge strips of dead skin peeling off. The new skin underneath is very tender. Having read in that it is usually mild in adults - it is not!

Comment from: InMisery_HFMD, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 28

I caught hand, foot, and mouth disease from my son, who got it at elementary school. I have had sore throat and pounding headache for 2 days, now blisters covering feet and hands making it nearly impossible to walk or use my hands. Aspirin and Tylenol do nothing. Sore throat is better now and I can swallow with effort. All the websites casually mentioning that adults 'may' get it is a whopping understatement. You get this and you'll suffer symptoms for up to 7 days, possibly contagious for weeks! Wow, the gift that keeps on giving.

Comment from: Worried Mom, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 15

I have a child in daycare he’s only been there 4 months and he has gotten hand, foot, and mouth disease 3 times already! I wonder if this is common in day care!

Comment from: SoKatiiee, (Patient) Published: June 06

I got hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) from my little brother who got it from a kid from high school. This is day 2 of the disease for me and I'm hoping it gets over now. It is the worst feeling in the world. Yesterday I was fatigued and ran a fever of 101.9 before taking some flu medicine and going to bed. This morning I woke up to a blister where a pimple that I had popped days ago was, and itchiness everywhere including my head, hands, and feet. I also have developed a pimple like bump on the outside of both nostrils that are making my nose run. Only thing for me is that I only have one visible bump/blister like thing that is on my left ring finger where a ring would be placed. Hopefully I will not be seeing those ugly things, however I am not holding my breath! As for my brothers that both had it, the middle child that got it from my youngest brother had bumps all over his body, sore throat, sores on his nose and pain in both his feet and hands. The one that contracted the disease also had bumps all over his hands and feet, blisters on his hands, thorn like pain in his hands and a sore throat.

Comment from: Matphils, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 20

It is day 3 of my hand, foot, and mouth disease and I am desperate for my pain to go away. I have had my fair share of pain in my 36 years but this has to be the worst yet. My throat feels like I have just drank a pint of boiling hot honey!

Comment from: hithere, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 20

My sister had an extremely bad cough and was diagnosed with bronchitis last week. This week her grandson has a fever of unknown origin, pink eye and possibly Coxsackie virus (hand, foot, and mouth disease). I wonder if she could have infected the 5 year old.

Comment from: Mary Camp, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I was diagnosed at Urgent Care with hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). I have no rashes, my symptoms are an extremely painful sore throat and headache. I have white at the back of my throat, and it is very difficult to eat or swallow. I was prescribed Magic mouthwash which has not helped. Doctors need to prescribe pain pills for this disease. My doctor said the Magic mouthwash would help with pain and it does not and over the counter pain medicines do little to help. I have never experienced such pain in my throat. It is so sad doctors don’t seem to care if you suffer when they can help by prescribing a few pills.


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