Patient Comments: Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease - Symptoms and Signs


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Comment from: Jay, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 09

I caught hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) off my 3 year old. Here is my ongoing experience. Day 1, sore throat then intense muscle aches, high fever, malaise and general fatigue. Day 2, much the same as day 1, but sore throat was very painful. No food. Day 3, sore throat had peak pain with red ulcers all around my tonsils and inner mouth. Fatigue and fever were mostly gone and appetite returned. Day 4, sore throat ramped down, hands and feet felt hot, red spots appeared, and I had pain under nail. Day 5, hands and feet are sore, and mouth ulcers are very sore... so far.

Comment from: Sgpro25, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I am 36 and caught this horrific hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) from my 6 and 1 year old children. There was nothing online for adults with this disease. Day 1, I noticed itchy bump on my finger. Day 2, I had pain in my throat and could eat no food. I developed blisters on my lip next morning, my nose and mouth were covered in blisters and my hand had red, itchy spots, it was horrible. Days 3-4, no sleep for 48 hours and hands still itching like crazy. This couldn’t be the same HFMD my kids had! Day 5 itching subsided, and now I am left with blister scars everywhere. It is the worst illness ever!

Comment from: Kd, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

My child caught hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) from daycare, and after 5 days, I incorrectly assumed I was clear. Day 1, I had general malaise, fever, intense body aches, and extreme chills. Sore throat started about halfway through the day. Day 2, fever had broken, but sore throat persisted. Day 3, small painful blisters developed on my fingers. My hands feel hot and swollen, and the area around my nailbeds is particularly hot and painful. No sore throat! Currently on day 4 and feeling much better. I still have hand and foot blisters.

Comment from: Never again , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 25

Well, first my 10-month-old got hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) from daycare. Silly me, I thought I wouldn't catch it since I'm an adult. Five days after caring for my son, I noticed my sore throat and a headache. He was really irritable and wouldn't sleep. Well, I found out why when I went through day 3 and 4. The itching and intense pain on my hands and feet that wouldn't go away. The doctor didn’t do much. Gave me a small dose of steroid pills and some anti-itch cream. They make you ride this out like it's not a big deal.

Comment from: Matt , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 11

My hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) started off with feeling lethargic, then I got the chills followed by a fever of 101. The next day my hands and feet started to itch really bad. No creams or pills helped. The only thing that helped was cold water or an ice pack. My hands and feet are covered in blisters. It is hard to walk and my fingertips are still numb. I feel like a leper. Horrible disease. Feel bad for children going through. I recently turned 40.

Comment from: NeedtoKnowMore, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

My daughter is 2. She caught hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) from a cousin. A week later, I got it. Day one, I had sore throat. Day 2 was worse than strep; sore throat, body aches like the flu, high fever, and horrible itching all over. Day 3, I went to the doctor because I could not swallow and I had little, red bumps on my nose, head and feet. Day 4 (today), my throat is still a little sore but not as bad. I have a rash all over my body. I have blisters on my nose, fingers and feet along with patches of red dots and blisters. My finger tips are so sore too.

Comment from: Parsniptoadstool, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 05

I was recently very unwell after catching hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) from my son. It started with a fever and chills lasting 2 days. After that, painful red spots started appearing on my hands. Over the next 3 days the red spots grew and spread over my whole body including my face. These then turned into painful blisters. Putting on shoes and walking were difficult due to the blisters on my feet. It took a week to start to improve. A month on and my nails are falling off!

Comment from: Ready2GetBetter, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 21

I've had hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) for 7 days now. I had a 102 F fever with chills and headache, and had to stay in bed the first two days. Then came the rash on my hands, with blisters on my scalp, nose and ears. I couldn't clench my hands, they were so swollen and painful for 3 days. Now the swelling is gone but I have no feeling in my fingertips. The sore throat is the worst. I've had it for seven days now and it makes swallowing excruciating, even my own saliva. This is the worst sickness I've experienced.

Comment from: Hfmd is no joke. , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 23

Friday, I noticed a mild sore throat in the afternoon. The next day, I woke up with chills, fatigue, nausea, an extreme sore throat, sweating, and body aches. On Sunday, I felt better, except I still had the severe sore throat. Thought I had a 24 hour flu but it turned out to be hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). Sunday night, I noticed small red dots and lesions on my hands, that then moved to my entire body. They itched and burned and were painful for 2-3 days straight. Ibuprofen and Benadryl helped a little. Use ice, and stay out of the heat.


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Comment from: boop, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

My son got hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) at his daycare. I started developing a fever and horrible sore throat approximately 4 days after his first symptoms. Fever and severe sore throat lasted about 2 days. It was to the point where I could barely swallow because of the excruciating pain in my throat and ears. After about 2-3 days is when the blisters started to appear on my hands, feet, and mouth. I've never felt pain like this before in my hands; it felt like I was being stabbed by needles. Fingertips are numb and it is day 6 now.

Comment from: jo, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 05

I got a notice that a child in my daughter’s daycare had hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). It was a second notice which I got, so I really didn’t think too much of it but I was curious because it was the second time. My daughter was not feeling well for a few days, then she broke out with these blisters. Shortly afterwards, I came down with what I thought was a cold. I was diagnosed with a cold on Monday, and Tuesday I felt terrible. By Friday I thought I was better but I felt sick. Saturday I woke up with blisters.

Comment from: 40femalenokids, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

My hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) started with scratchy throat and cough; then sore throat increasing until it was the most painful sore throat I’ve ever had. No fever but fatigue, diarrhea, and what felt like thrush. Blisters began in my nose around day five, then over the next 24 hours appeared on hands, feet and face. The blisters sting and burn, the face ones weep like sores, and I have low appetite. It’s been 8 days so far. Throat was better at day 6. Blisters are starting to recede. Awful illness. Worse than a cold.

Comment from: Hfmd_ouch, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 25

I am a 38-year-old male. My 2-year-old had hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) a few days prior to the time I first noticed symptoms in myself. Day 1, I went home from work early with nausea, fatigue, and 100 F temperature. That night I started developing sores on my hands and on top of my head. Day 2, I developed sores in my mouth and around my nose. Day three, I developed sores on my legs. Day 4, the sores began to lighten in color. I'm now on day 5 and have been in bed almost all day for 5 days straight.

Comment from: Bri, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

With hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) I have body aches, sore throat, mouth sores, and an extremely itchy rash on my fingers, toes, and scalp.

Comment from: Becks, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is awful! Day 1 sore I had throat, and day 2 red itchy bumps. Thought I had been bitten by a mosquito. I noticed lesions on my scalp with pus and one in my nose, super itchy. Day 3 was terrible. So many red itchy bumps and ulcers on my hands. Water blisters appeared on my face and in my nose. Benadryl and ibuprofen helped, but day 4 was even worse. This was taking over my body. All over itch with patchy pus-filled red bumps. Felt like going to the hospital. Epson salt bath with lavender was heavenly, and day 5 I am feeling good.

Comment from: thissuckhmfd, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 16

I had major body aches, irritability, fatigue and sore throat. Day 2, Tuesday I woke up with fever, and thought I was going to die. Day 3, Wednesday rash shows up on feet and hands but otherwise I was feeling ok. I got used to sore throat. Day 4, I was normal but in pain in throat, ears, and feet. The marks are now blistering. Day 5, my throat and ear hurt so bad. when will these offending marks go away!

Comment from: Itchy Itchy Ay Yah2, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

Here's my experience: day 1 of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) I had severe flu-like symptoms (high fever, dizzy, body aches, rapid heart rate). Day 2, I had red blisters on hands and face. Days 3 to 6, I had painful blister clusters, it was difficult to walk and I had burning, itching and joint swelling at night. Ice, ibuprofen or Benadryl helped a little. OTC topical applications didn't provide relief. Day 10 to 14, I was glad to be healing but wasn't prepared for the extreme skin peeling in uneven, callous-thick patches. Hope you don't experience this. I was useless for days.

Comment from: Robby , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 06

Like most people on here my hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) story starts with what I thought was the flu. I was sick, uneasy, and dizzy with sore throat and nausea. Day 2 I started breaking out on hands and feet. Big white bumps in throat. Day 3 worsening bumps turned to ulcers on feet. Day 4 I can barely walk, throat is a slight bit better, no more body aches or fever but horrible rashes. Hopefully it’s better every day from here.


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Comment from: Lmac, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

Day 1 of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) I had fever and sore throat. It hurt to swallow, and I thought I was coming down with strep. Day 2 I noticed white spots in my throat, and went to the doctor where I was diagnosed with tonsillitis. Later that day the rash developed, and quickly. What I thought had been a breakout on my face exploded into blisters. My hands and feet erupted in red spots. I did not sleep a wink all night, because it was unbearable. Day 3 was the same. No sleep that night. Day 4 the itching has lessened!

Comment from: Phil, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 26

Day 1 of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD), I had high fever and was feeling unwell. Day 2, high fever and insane cold sweats. Day 3, red blisters were appearing all over my hands, with intense sore throat. Day 4, the soles of my feet were so painful, made walking difficult. I’m on day 5 and my throat feels much better, I’m walking better as well. But my fingertips feel numb. This was very scary for me since I’m a recovering Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) patient. Oatmeal baths and calamine help along with lots of ibuprofen and Tylenol.

Comment from: Killmenow, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

My horrendous time with hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD): Day 1 woke up feeling feverish, and noticed a few spots on my knees. Then all hell broke loose. Day 2 I had the worst rash I have ever seen, all up and down my legs. I was still feverish. Then an ulcer appeared on my lip. Day 3 the joint pain in my knees, ankles, wrists, elbows and fingers was excruciating. Never felt pain like it. I am on day 6 now and I have not been able to walk properly for 4 days. Mouth is burning. Should not be passed off by doctors as mild. We need a vaccine!

Comment from: Hfmsurvivor2018, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 04

My brother came home for college with hand, foot, and mouth disease. About a week and a half later I was in bed with a fever and intense chills. In the middle of the night I kept scratching my face and head. I woke up feeling much better but looked in the mirror to find a rash all around my mouth. What followed was the worst sore throat I’ve ever had and then itchy red dots all over my hands and feet. It felt like pins and needles 24/7! Only solace for throat was liquid Tylenol cold and flu!

Comment from: Never Again, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 28

It started with light sore throat and within 4 hours I had the most intense chills and joint pain; I was convulsing just trying to talk. Zero appetite. That night the fever broke, but sore throat remained so I went in for strep swab the next day. While waiting, my hands and nose began to itch intensely and I started to see small bumps similar to when you brush up against a stinging nettle. Doctor immediately diagnosed hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) but ran the swab anyhow (negative). Next two days, it was like grabbing a scalding porcupine.

Comment from: Hongbabymama, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 27

My 4 year old daughter had hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) for a week before mine began. I had the same symptoms as her and in the same order. Day 1 I was feeling tired with fever of 99/100. Day 2 I woke up with chills and a fever of 102. Throat was sore with white patches and I had body aches. I saw the doctor and tested for kidney infection, flu, sexually transmitted infection, and urinary tract infection -anything I could think of causing all these symptoms. Everything came back negative. Day 3 my feet and hands felt like being poked with needles, and I had tingling and numb feeling. I got the first red spots on sides of fingers, soles and toes. How many more days!

Comment from: HFMDSucks!!!!!, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I started off just feeling really unwell. I never post on forums like this, but I couldn’t find anything about adults having hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). To date, this has to be the worst pain and the most intense itching I’ve ever felt. It feels like I’m stepping on glass and the sore throat makes strep feel like a walk in the park. I’m on day three and I’m so miserable I can barely stand it. How little ones deal with this, I have no idea. Warm hurts, ice helps but there is no one thing that makes this better.

Comment from: Silas1066, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 16

I contracted hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) at a convention, and the first symptoms were a low-grade fever and chills that lasted for about 24 hours. On day 2, I developed a sore throat, and on day 3, I noticed red spots on my hands, along with the prickly feeling. The sore throat got worse, and the next day, the skin issues got much worse, with more spots on my hands, calves, and feet. By day 4, the throat felt better, but skin still very bad.

Comment from: Hfmdsucks, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

I am a 22 year old female and I somehow got hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). First day I felt great in morning, then in the evening I was hit with achy bones, freezing cold and had a sore throat. That night I woke up drenched in sweat. Next day I had zero energy and definitely had a fever, then itchy bumps started appearing on my finger. Now fast forward to today and the blisters are in my nose, on my face, my feet, hands and scalp. Actually the rash is just everywhere. Throat still hurts with ulcers. Hang in there people.


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Comment from: EMTmommy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 19

I have caught hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) from my 2 year old son who got it from preschool. He was not near as bad as I am now. I have been in the emergency room 3 days in a row for the pain and nothing prescribed has helped ease the horrendously awful burning sensation and pain. Soles of my feet are covered in blisters and are swollen to the point that my toes are numb and purple. The only relief I have found that has helped to some degree with my feet is filling 2 gallon size freezer bags with ice and sleeping with them under my feet.

Comment from: HFMDsurvior , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 09

The first day of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) I had bruises inside my mouth on my cheek and (inside) lip. Some were red dots/internal bleeding looking dots. I noticed bumps on the sides of my fingers, on my fingertips, and top of my fingers. These symptoms increased by day 2. The bruises turned into ulcers. Day 3 I had more ulcers in my mouth, including my tonsils, leading to a sore throat. I went to the sauna a lot and drank a lot of cold water to sooth everything. My symptoms weren't as bad as others I found online.

Comment from: Douglasdubois, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 02

Monday lunchtime chills started, then whole body ached and I had a slight sore throat. Tuesday sore throat was a 9 and I went to the doctor and was told I have strep. Wednesday my throat got worse, I noticed small blisters on my ankles, and walking aggravated them. Thursday, last night, I did not sleep and went to the doctor. She couldn't believe it; hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD)! My throat is now on fire, blisters are multiplying, dots on hands and around nose, and mouth is covered in ulcers. As for eating… yeah right, everything burns my throat so water and warm tea with honey it is; a very depressed feeling.

Comment from: JaneBoo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

Thursday evening I had a high fever, and all day Friday high fever with an extreme sore throat! Saturday fever started breaking but throat still hurt. Sunday I had blisters on my toes and feet and it is very painful to walk! Monday it was still very painful to walk, sore throat is gone and it feels like my feet are on fire. They were wrong when they said adults can’t catch hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD)! I'm 51 and got this from my granddaughter who got it from daycare!

Comment from: Bribee, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 21

My first sign of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) was serious malaise. I was napping whenever possible, completely drained. Then the sore throat and fever hit. I woke feeling better after my fever broke and thought the worst was over. Nope! Tiny dots started appearing all over my palms. They burn like itchy fire. I’ve had them for three days now and nothing touches them. Yogurt helps for a bit. Ice helps for a bit. Hydrocortisone, aloe vera, and witch hazel do basically nothing. The sores on my face just ooze and are crusted.

Comment from: Bribee, 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 21

I found out that my sons had been exposed to hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) at a birthday party. I was assured that it doesn’t affect adults. Both kids came down with it bad; high fevers and malaise, then the spots. My youngest had them all over his face, palms and hands, and feet. They blistered and broke open. Next my eldest got it, his showed up as a widespread rash with a few itchy spots on his feet. Both boys were their energetic selves once their fevers subsided, despite the blisters.

Comment from: Hatehfmd, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

Friday evening my throat hurt like I was getting strep, but not that bad. Friday morning I woke up febrile, throat very sore, and had fever. Saturday, my fever spiked, I was miserable all day. Sunday my fever broke, but my throat was horrible. I had swollen tonsils with pus pockets. I started to get the hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) bumps with a few on my arms. Monday, throat sore, but way better. Sores on hands and feet were increasing and getting painful. Vulvar bumps appeared. I had pain on urination. Tuesday bumps on feet hands more painful.

Comment from: YaBoi, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 05

Day 1 of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) I had fever, and slightly sore throat later in the day, felt like strep was starting. Day 2, sore throat was getting worse and fever was staying right at 100. Day 3 sores spread all over my feet and hands and somehow even inside my nose and ears! Lovely time. Day 4 many sores turned to blisters, and my hands itched. Calamine lotion helped a lot, also get Chloraseptic numbing spray and hydrogen peroxide mouthwash because even swallowing water was a struggle. It took about 4 more days after that to recover.

Comment from: Missy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

With hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) my hands and feet are swollen and feel numb, tingly, and they burn. The bottoms of my feet are shiny and I’ve got calluses on my fingertips as well as my toes. My face will start to itch and if I touch anything, large welts come out. My legs have red pimples on them and at night my fingers fall asleep. My hands are so swollen up and have red marks on them as well even the skin on my face is swollen. This has been going on for almost a year.

Comment from: Sarah, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

I am 66 and have rheumatoid arthritis; thought I was having a bad flare with extreme joint pain and low grade fever for 3 days. My granddaughter had a mild case of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) a few days earlier. I continued on with general malaise, diarrhea and small red bumps appeared on my arms day 4. Day 5 I had rash on my feet and legs. Today is day 6, itchy rash remains as well as diarrhea. I have no energy, can't eat and tired of feeling so ill.

Comment from: mfbrdb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

Day 1 of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) my hands were on fire, but only a few tiny bumps. Day 2 rashes were spreading to my feet and now my hands have many bumps and red sores. If I stand or move my fingers, it felt like hundreds of tiny shards of glass under my skin. Slightly warm water felt like scalding water. Flexible gel ice packs to temporarily numb is a little helpful. No mouth sores, no fever. Day 3 rash continues to spread, but feels more like pins and needles. I'm 62 with occasional breakthrough hand and foot eczema.

Comment from: Miserable Mommy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

My 16 months old was diagnosed with hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) on a Monday night. By Wednesday, I had a sore throat. Thursday, I had diarrhea and vomiting along with severe back and joint pain. My throat did not get better. Dehydration set in and I ended up in the emergency room myself. They did a strep and flu test, both negative. By Thursday night rash broke out on my scalp. I had severe itching and burning. On Friday, my throat is severely sore and rash is on my hands. Terrible disease.

Comment from: HFMD QUEEN, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

My 21 year old son developed flu like symptoms. I gave him ibuprofen and he never improved. Days later he went to urgent care and they told him he had hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). Horrible rash all over his body, and blisters. He scratched so bad he almost caused a bad skin infection. He was prescribed antibiotics, Magic mouthwash and 15 mg prednisone. Now I have it but not as bad. I rub down with cortisone cream and take prednisone. Almost all gone, but my fingertips feel like leather. Horrible disease.

Comment from: Inhell, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 09

My hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) started with chills and a sore throat. I was given antibiotics by the doctor but it didn't help. Chills became fever and sore throat became huge ulcers in the throat. Day 5 now, fever is gone but my throat is gone too. Too painful to eat and drink. Painkillers didn’t help. Feeling miserable. Can't imagine kids going through this. Someone please have a heart and develop a vaccine as soon as possible to save the world.

Comment from: Melinda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 09

I am 58 years old and contracted hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). Days 1 and 2 I had fever and sore throat. Days 2 to 5 I had painful itchy rash on palms, soles of feet, and could barely walk or touch anything. Days 5 and 6 rash was minimizing but there was blistering. Days 7 and 8 blisters were turning brown and all skin peeling off, leaving extremely sensitive new skin. Fingertips have decreased sensations and feel leathery. I have a few sores in and around my mouth but hands and feet are worse. I’m in day 8 now. Forget about working or doing anything for two weeks when you get HFMD.

Comment from: Mase, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 07

I am a 27 year old male, wrongly prescribed antibiotics for strep. Beginning with unbearable nausea and uneasiness, I had 102 fever, then extremely sore throat. Some ibuprofen helped the fever but third day red bumps started on my feet. By night time I was unbelievably uncomfortable and had itchy feet with blisters. Cold water helps a ton. I thought maybe reaction to medicine but these comments helped me, most definitely hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). Very unpleasant and hope it is over soon! Not sure how I contracted disease but I have all the symptoms.

Comment from: Feeling Miserable, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I am not sure where or how I got hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). I have a 20 month old who had a fever and threw up, but none of the typical symptoms. Day 1 I woke up with a minor sore throat. Day 2 and 3 I had headache, body ache and chills, and thought I was coming down with a cold. Day 4 I noticed a few small red bumps on my hands and tips of my toes. Day 5 sore and itchy bumps were present on both hands and spread to my feet. It was hard to walk and hold anything. I also have several bumps on my scalp, in my nose and acne like lesions on my face near my mouth.

Comment from: Pjs, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 27

I am a 41 year old female who is an elementary teacher. Day 1 of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) I had a high fever that nothing helped, along with aches and chills. Day 2 same fever with sore throat; prompt care said strep. Day 3 blisters started showing up and throat was on fire. I could not eat. Day 4 my family doctor diagnosed HFMD, and gave me Magic mouthwash which seemed to help. Day 5 my mouth and throat pain were almost gone, hands, feet and elbows were covered with blisters and were painful! Day 6 my hands and feet don't hurt so bad, now they itch bad!

Comment from: HFMD22, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

I am a 22-year-old female, and I have hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). I must have never had it as a child, so when the bottoms of my feet were covered in blister-looking sores I was nervous. Soon the tips of my fingers looked different - not rash, or blister like, but as if my finger prints were deteriorating. There are also a few sores in my mouth. Before any physical signs were present, I had a fever of 102. A doctor diagnosed me, and blames a poor immune system. Eating right, and sleeping better makes for a healthy immune system.

Comment from: Katemccarthy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

I am a 25 year old female who contracted hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) from my husband whose symptoms included mouth sores, body aches, chills, fever, and sore throat. After 12 days since the onset of his symptoms mine began. The entire roof of my mouth is covered in ulcers, along with others on the insides of my cheeks, all along my gums, and on my tongue. I was prescribed Magic mouthwash and went through it in 48 hours. The pain is now excruciating and keeping me up at night. Time to call the doctor back!

Comment from: Awndrea, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 03

I am 20 years old and work in childcare. I discovered I had hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) when going to the emergency room with headaches and dizziness which were my first symptoms. They prescribed me Ibuprofen which didn't help anything. The next day I had severe headache to the point I couldn't sleep and a sore throat out of this world. No matter what medicine I took, nothing helped. The next morning I woke up to itching on my hands and genitals with red raised bumps underneath and it soon spread to my face and feet.

Comment from: 55woofs, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 27

Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is terrible! Day 1 I woke up in the middle of the night in a puddle of sweat and bad body aches. Day two I woke up with painful arms and lips. Thought I got sun burned. I was exhausted and had fevers throughout the day to about 102 degrees. Day 3, in addition to my pain and fevers I now felt pain in my legs. Day 4 my fevers were getting really bad, up to 104 and I was debating about going to the emergency room. My lips were peeling. Day 5 I went to the walk in clinic and the doctor told me the fevers should be going away. I had a bad rash on the palms of my hands which were itchy and burning. She ignored that. That night I got excruciating pain on the bottom of my feet and couldn’t walk but fevers were gone. Day 6 fevers came back but mild. Pain in hands and feet was mind numbing. I hadn’t slept in days and nothing but freezing water helped but only temporarily. Could barely walk or hold anything. Day 7 I went to my regular doctor and she agreed with the clinic that it’s viral. Then I told her about my feet and she noticed my cracked lips. She immediately said it’s probably HFMD which I knew nothing about, I thought it was the flu but I’ve had fevers for 7 days. Foot and hand pain is unbearable. I am nowhere near out of the woods but happy I don’t have blisters. Fevers stop at night. I was taking lots of ibuprofen and acetaminophen for fevers but they do nothing for pain. Only numbing stops it for about 40 minutes. Seven days in and most symptoms have disappeared except rashes on hands, feet and mouth. Excruciating and most frustrating thing ever! Pain is like burning, prickly, tingly, electric shocks. I had rash also in the groin.

Comment from: MommyP, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 20

My 6 months old daughter got the hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) virus after our first visit to a day care. Three days after that open house, she had a runny nose and fever. We thought it was a common cold. Day 3, right after the highest fever, she developed red sores in her hands and feet, and just one in her face, close to her mouth. My first question to the doctor was if we (adults) were in risk of getting the disease. He said no, very unlikely because most of the adult population has the antibody for it. Well, apparently I am part of the minority without the antibodies for it. Day 1, I started with runny nose and sore throat. Day 2, more of the same. Day 3, very high fever, and I had to go to the Urgent Care because nothing was able to lower my temperature. Day 4, here I am, with my super painful, red bumps all over my hands and feet. Nothing in my mouth but my throat feels like it's on fire. I can't believe my baby had to experience this.

Comment from: MommyT, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 18

My son’s school called me Friday stating that my 3 year old son (who never complains of sickness even when he has a fever) was doubled over in pain with a stomach ache. I went to the school and when I arrived I realized he also had a very high temperature. The teacher advised me that my son had gone to the bathroom so she didn’t think it was constipation, so I chalked it up to too many sweets the night before and morning of which my son doesn’t eat regularly. I took him home and gave him medicine for the fever, lots of fluids and he took a nap. To my surprise the school sent an email late that evening notifying us that a kid in my son’s class was diagnosed with hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) the day before! Why they failed to mention the suspicion of the child having HFMD to me when I picked my son up is beyond comprehension! We are on day 6 and my son is luckily better but now, my 15 month old daughter and husband have it full blown, I have a very upset stomach but no fever, chills or any other symptoms so far. I’ve been taking 1000 mg of vitamin C and zinc twice a day since I picked my son up; that’s my go to whenever my kids are sick and I am happy to report I hardly ever get what they have even though I’m the one taking care of them. So let me list the progression of the virus per person affected. My 3 year old son had high fever, stomach pain and chills day one, diarrhea, high fever, chills, stomach pain, and super red throat with white ulcers day two, and red sore throat with white ulcers, diarrhea and chills on day 3. On day 4 throat was a little red but nothing like it was, and diarrhea and stomach pain once. Day 5 he had diarrhea, and day 6 he seems better. My 15 month old daughter had diarrhea on day one, high fever, super red sore throat with white ulcers the next 2 days, and a blister on her chin. On Day 4 she had blisters all over her mouth, back of her legs, and private area, and fever once but when broke didn’t come back, besides the sore throat. Day 5, no fever but her throat is still hurting because without medicine (Motrin/Tylenol) she won’t drink or eat. My husband, a 46 year old male has developed cold like symptoms, chills, low grade fever, and aching body. I am a 40 year old female, took 1000 mg vitamin C and zinc twice a day from son’s onset of symptoms, had diarrhea and a bout of nausea, and nothing since.

Comment from: OverIt, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 18

I am a 31 year old female and contracted hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) from a co-worker whose son had it. I never had a painful sore throat, but did have severe cold like symptoms; aches, headache, sinus pressure and a lot of drainage. I noticed the corners of my mouth had split a bit, and started using a lot of Chap Stick (at first I thought nothing of it because it is extremely cold and dry where I live). Next was mouth sores, I had spots inside my cheeks, under my tongue, on my tongue and throat. It felt as if I had burned the inside of my mouth from too hot of coffee or soup, but they did not get better after a couple of days and I went to the doctor. I developed a slight rash on my hands and arms, but no painful blisters there or on my feet. My symptoms have been going away and coming back for almost 2 weeks now. I have another follow up appointment with my primary doctor today. After almost 4 days of feeling 100 percent the rash and mouth sores are back again.

Comment from: Florida grandmother, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 10

My 5 year old granddaughter was diagnosed with hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) today. She has had all the symptoms (including a fever that rapidly spiked to 104 F) but it was her staying awake all night crying and scratching her feet and hands that had me stumped and doubting the doctor's diagnosis. This is the only site that has documented the intense itching. It was horrific. Thank you all for confirming this so I can have confidence in the diagnosis.

Comment from: Haylee, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 12

The itching of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) nearly drove me insane, and there was really not much on the internet about it itching, as I guess for kids it doesn't itch. But this was like a hot burning tingling intense itch, so bad that I was in tears, not able to sleep for nearly two nights and trying every remedy under the sun! Cold water and ice in a bucket with some oatmeal helped while in the bucket but not for much after. Calamine lotion helps and aloe vera gel is very cooling, but I didn't get these until too late, so I don't know how effective they are. What was upsetting was the lack of understanding from health professionals who didn't seem to know anything about the burning itching that nearly made me pull my hair out! I wouldn't wish it on anyone, and couldn't believe that it is not heard of more. It doesn't help that I am pregnant and probably more susceptible, as I've caught it off my toddler, who was pretty happy while he had it! The doctors gave me an oral antihistamine (which didn't do much), and hydrocortisone cream (which felt like it irritated it), and paracetamol which did nothing or little. I could hardly walk or do anything for myself because the blisters were so painful, even the ones that hadn't come through yet. What a relief I'm on the other side now. Oh, the other thing that may have helped a bit was one cup of baking soda in cool bath for at least half an hour to an hour.

Comment from: Jose, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 27

My 10 month old daughter went through a bout of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). When her spots had faded away, for the most part, I (38 year old male) came down with it. I guess I had it better than many who have posted here, so I decided to share my experience. Day 1 I had itchy throat and, in the afternoon, a sudden high fever easily controlled with medicines. By day 2 the fever had subsided but the sore throat remained. In the afternoon of day 2 I noticed a couple of red spots on my hands. By evening, quite a few more appeared on my hands and several on my face, by then I had figured out I had HFMD. Day 3 I had red spots all over both hands, face luckily spared for the most part, under 10 spots. Sore throat was mostly gone, just a bit sensitive. I had a few sore spots on my tongue, nothing too bad. By late Day 3, itching had been turned up to 11. I was rubbing way more antihistamine gel than I was supposed to on my hands. Day 4, itching subsided but both hands were swollen and numb, and it was very hard to do anything manual all day long. Now, late day 4, red spots seem to have turned more focused, with better contrast, and swelling is slightly better than earlier in the day. Hopefully, it won't be too long until a full recovery. In my case, symptoms seem to have concentrated on my hands, another mom from the same daycare supposedly had it all over her face, poor thing.

Comment from: rick, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 16

Following are my hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) symptoms. Day 1 headache and 37.5 C temperature. Day 2 headache, massive hot sweats and cold chills. Day 3 small red dots on hands and feet, mouth blisters and hard to swallow saliva. Headache was over. Day 4 more red dots on hands and feet, itchy hands starting, feet felt like pins and needles when walking. Will update later, day 4 is current. When will this end!

Comment from: Patientpatient, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I am on day 6 of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). I began the most horrid sore throat today with pain radiating into my ear, head, and jaw closing up. What has totally reversed the sore throat is eating raw cloves of garlic and fresh cayenne peppers (with other food, of course). I think the heat, in particular from the fresh cayenne, are burning out the virus. Blisters are starting to appear tonight on my hands and between toes. They itch like crazy, but I am also rubbing the raw cayenne pepper on to the blisters. So far, so good. I got HFMD from my 2 year old son who probably got it from Sunday school or another kid in day care at another church.

Comment from: MarylandGuy352, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 27

I am a 31 year-old male and currently have a severe case of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). I had a fever, chills and severe sore throat this past Wednesday night (9/21) and assumed it was some sort of bad cold. I then woke up the next morning and noticed a light rash developing on my fingers and the top of my feet, which is when I decided to go to a local urgent care. The doctor diagnosed me with HFMD, explained what it is, and sent me home to stay off work and get rest. Since then the rash has spread significantly and has been one of the strangest and most painful experiences I've ever had with dealing with a viral infection. I have the severe sore throat that many people speak of, to the point where even water and cold or room temperature substances are painful to swallow. Swallowing in general is a tall order and quite painful. The blisters specifically on the palms of my hands and underside of my feet are not raised, but rather larger, flat, and a darker color under the surface of the skin. This causes walking to feel like your feet have 'fallen asleep' (pins and needles), and it is nearly impossible for me to grip a writing instrument, open anything with my hands, or use them much at all since the blisters are also covering my fingertips. The experience for me has been pretty bad and close to debilitating at the moment mostly due to the rash/blisters. I wanted to share my experience on this site partially so parents could have an adult perspective of what it feels like to go through having HFMD. I know every patient's experience with it varies. For example, I believe the fever I had was only an overnight thing for me. I had the chills along with it in addition to the sore throat, which is so bad that it radiates to the ears and can make it feel as if you may also have an ear infection. In my case the longest-lasting symptoms have been exclusively the rash/blisters and severe sore throat, which from what I read about the timeline for the virus may persist into next week.

Comment from: OC Dad, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 27

I am a 42 year old male who contracted hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) from my 2 year old. Here is my timeline: Day 1 (9 pm), it started with mild headache. Nighttime I had sleeping chills and body aches. Day 2 (am), I had mild sore throat and bad headache. I took 2 Aleve and 2 Tylenol. Day 3 I had moderate to severe sore throat, it was hard to swallow and headache had gone. I started to see vesicles on hands. Day 4 I had severe painful sore throat and unable to drink anything without severe pain. I rinsed with Magic mouthwash (Benadryl liquid plus dexamethasone elixir plus viscous lidocaine plus Maalox) and it helped slightly. The vesicles were worsening, now on face and some on feet. Day 5 currently, and there is slight improvement in sore throat, though still painful to eat or drink. Vesicles are getting bigger and more tender. I have been taking 2 Aleve and Tylenol every day and rinsing with Magic mouthwash 5 times/day. Hope this information helps.

Comment from: Kelskaitlin234, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 14

I am 25 and was diagnosed by a doctor with hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). I had been sick from traveling the last month with bronchitis, sinus infection so my immune system was low causing me to get this virus. I was not in contact that I know of, with anyone who had it. I had never even heard of it but it is by far the worst virus I have ever had. I'm positive people have even had it worse than me but maybe what I found can help. After 3 days of a relatively mild sore throat I got chills along with a 102 fever and body aches. My fever broke by the night and the next day I started getting itchy feet and hands, by the night time they were covered in red spots and felt so intensely itchy I thought maybe I had a new allergy though I am allergic to nothing. I was itching all night; it was not an itch you could satisfy, it burned and felt sore and under the skin. I went to the doctor to make sure I was not allergic to antibiotics I was wrongly given by an urgent care the day before. My family doctor told me I had HFMD and there was nothing I can do but let it runs its course. I itched and cried and stayed up all night and day for 48 hours. When I couldn't take it anymore I was trying everything. Ice helped, cold water helped but it was hard to sleep like that. I finally poured lavender oil on my feet and hands. I used doTerra pure oil with no carrier oil. It seemed to work immediately. MY feet and hands still burned a bit but the itch had subsided a lot. I was able to sleep for 6 hours. When I woke up the next day my feet and hands were less itchy, still sore to the touch though. My sores/rash are not open, they are dots raised to the skin or under the skin so I would test a small amount before putting it on a child or on yourself. If inside the mouth maybe a lavender tea or other oils you can ingest that would be soothing. I was lucky enough not to get them in my mouth. I have them on other parts of the body but they do not or itch as intensely as the hands and feet. I hope my experience with this awful virus can help someone get relief.

Comment from: Jsjonesy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 24

My 6 month old daughter came down with hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) and thankfully had a mild case. She had a fever for 2 days, had a few blisters on her face and in her mouth. She had a rash on her hands and feet. The rash cleared up in 5 days. My husband started showing signs of a fever, headaches and chills shortly, which only lasted two days. He was healthy for a day and then woke up with a fever, chills and severe pain in his groin area. The pain was so severe, he couldn't walk. He went to the emergency room, and doctors informed him that the viral infection caused fluid buildup in the tubes located behind the testes. He has been on pain medication for the past three days and he is still in severe pain. He is finally going to see a urologist today to see if there is something that is more serious.

Comment from: Ayman, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 24

My 4 years old daughter got hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). First day fever was 38.5 to 39, and she had a sore throat. The doctor said it is a sore throat infection and gave her antibiotic. Second day the fever was okay, but the rash appeared on her mouth and very little on hand and leg. The doctor said it is HFMD. Third day was the painful day. She was screaming and crying from the pain and itchy. The pain last for two days. The ice water is the best to cool her off. Fourth day, the pain was gone and from fourth day to day 15, the rash turned into blisters and then skin peeled off of her hands and feet. Her mouth was the first to return to normal. But her hands and feet kept having blisters every day and then after a few days the skin peel off. Usually they say the symptoms disappear totally after 7 to 10 days. But now we are in day 15 and her hands and feet skin steal peel off. I hope she will not go through the peel of the fingernail. It is a bad disease. I really hope that no one gets it.

Comment from: StarGazer421, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

I already have lupus, so this hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) virus got confused up with my lupus. First day felt a mild fever and sore throat, second day severe sore throat, severe fever, after 2 days the rashes that itched and blisters formed, horrible. The pain is even in my fingertips and toes! It was going around in the DV (domestic violence) shelter and I didn't know it was contagious. I have never been through a situation like this, the place was not that clean. So I washed all bedding, bleached down stuff; I am miserable.

Comment from: Asea, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 17

Here's a breakdown of how my hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) has gone so far. Day 1, I had fever, weakness, and nausea, one blister on hand and mild sore throat. Day 2, I had weakness and blisters formed on hands and feet (though only mildly and only painful when pressure or heat is applied). The doctor confirmed HFMD. Day 3, I had more blisters and severe pain at all times. I only had cold and ibuprofen helped but it never lasted for very long. I was woken up repeatedly by a fiery feeling in hands and feet. I have a mild sore throat still. Day 4, the pain peaked and was nearly unbearable. I couldn't walk for very long or hold much, even lying in bed hurt. Day 5, pain subsided quite a bit by midday. Lots of bed rest to minimize time on feet. Blisters started to look less red, though much itchier than before. I'm currently on day 6. The blisters are much duller in color and don't hurt unless high heat or decent pressure is applied. I can walk around a fair amount though only barefoot indoors. I never got more than one or two mouth blisters and my sore throat only lasted a few days, but had started before my fever. Giving a day by day so that you have an idea unlike me who didn't know when the pain would end two days ago.

Comment from: Mock567, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

I had mild sore throat, no fever on Tuesday. On Wednesday sore throat got better but ulcers appeared on both sides on tongue and gums. On Thursday, a few red spots appeared on palms; painful but bearable. More ulcers on Friday, more red spots on palms, and the old ones became blisters. I discovered red spots on soles. Again painful but bearable. Eating became more challenging as ulcers became severe. Saturday, blisters on palms got better, no longer painful. Feet blisters started to itch. The way I walked was funny because I tried to avoid stepping on those blisters. Sunday, I could hardly eat even soft foods like porridge and cake because the small particles get into the ulcers. Good news, feet blisters got better. Monday, ulcers were slightly better. Worst thing of my hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) experience would be the ulcers. I googled HFMD on Wednesday and suspected I got it. The doctor I visited on Friday can't confirm my case as HFMD because I had no fever and no throat ulcers. The 2nd doctor I saw on Monday was quite determined after he saw ulcers in my throat. No medicine given to cure HFMD. I was only given with pain killer and oral disinfectant. I consider myself lucky as my condition is mild. Now I only hope that my baby wouldn't get it from me.

Comment from: D, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 16

With hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) I had swollen occipital lymph node on May 1, which got worse over week with itching and bumps around node. On May 6 to 8 I felt better. May 9 I had nausea, fever, and some aches. May 10 I had spots on hands and tiny itchy pimple by nose. May 10 night I had spots on feet, pain in hands. May 11 there was significant pain and worsening reds spots with some bigger bumps on hands, pain on soles and toes when walking, 20 red sores on chin, nose, forehead, and ear. May 12 same as May 11, fewer here, more there. Plunge hands and feet into ice water for immediate relief; use witch hazel on Q-tip on everything, and repeat several times, it works. I also used tea tree oil but witch hazel probably works better because of alcohol which dries out sores and helps contain spread. Plain alcohol would work but the witch hazel, especially ones with various oils like lemon probably help hold to skin longer and with aloe to soothe a bit. Thayers lemon wit aloe witch hazel is what I used; it's what I had in cupboard. You probably could gargle with witch hazel. Treat like poison ivy or chicken pox, drying it out is better than using creams. An old fashioned roll on, alcohol-base deodorant would probably help too, I used to do that for poison ivy. Benadryl and Tylenol didn't seem to help me much but Benadryl might help you sleep.

Comment from: Judy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

My 20-month old son got hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) first, but only mildly. I got it much, much worse. I only saw a few others with symptoms like mine (blisters in mouth only) so I thought I'd share, hope it's helpful. I am a 33 year old woman. My son was fussy for several days, with on-and-off very low grade fever. I thought he was teething or maybe he was fighting off a virus. He didn't want to eat or drink and my nanny noticed his gums were red and sore. Then I saw a small red bump on his lower lip and instantly realized it was HFMD. But by that point his fever was gone and he didn't seem bothered by any other symptoms. He seemed happy and over it. But then I got sick. It started with sore throat and vaguely not feeling well, then two days later a fever, body aches, and lethargy. Starting day 3 I had sores in my mouth, so bad I couldn't eat. It was excruciating. All my gums were swollen, my tongue had a yellow coat over it, and I had blisters on my tongue and the roof of my mouth. Drinking even water was painful. I tried everything I knew to stave off the illness; vitamins, herbs, rest, but it still came on strong. And the mouth blisters were really bad for five entire days. I am now on the 10th day of the illness and I am starting to feel better. I can finally eat a little and have a bit more energy, but am still lethargic. I was thankful to not have the blisters spread to my hands or feet but not being able to eat was tough too. Glad to be on the tail end of this, glad my son only got it mildly, and glad my husband seems to have steered clear of it altogether. I stayed home from work for five days.

Comment from: Cegiff, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 20

My 19 year old daughter got hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) while at college. Very healthy girl with no direct contact with children. This has been miserable. She started with sores on her mouth. Initially she was treated for staph infection but when the fever hit on day 2 we took her to the pediatrician. The doctor immediately diagnosed her with HFMD. She had a fever for 5 days averaging 102.5 F. The sores on her mouth turned to ulcers or lesions and spread to her cheeks and nose. She had no internal mouth sores but did have a sore throat, joint pain and overall body ache. Also no sores or rash on hands and feet. This has been absolutely miserable for her. The fever is over and most sores are now open wounds seeping and bloody in appearance. Her face is in pain and she still has a headache on day 8. We have been using Redmond clay for wound healing and that seems to help. According to the pediatrician’s office some of the new strains of HFMD are on the face only. Hoping this ends soon and that a vaccine is found to prevent this.

Comment from: Michel, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 29

I am 39 years old. My wife got hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) in October and so did I about 2 weeks later. She had it worse than me, with blisters around mouth, fingers and feet and only little bit sore throat. When I got it, I got headache and high fever (39 Celsius/102.2 F) but as I see the fever as a help against the virus I did not take any drugs to put it down but took cold showers every 30 to 60 minutes. Headache was terrible though! This was for about 2 days, then I started to get this tickling in the fingers and feet, very annoying. Next day the red blisters started on my feet, only very few on the hands, nothing on face, and no sore throat at all. Itching was only a little. There was a little pain while walking but skin on feet felt very dry/tight. About 1 week later I felt better, but I am not sure if it is exactly since this disease but I have been feeling very tired for 4 months already! Now on my vacation (4 months after this disease) and I have again blisters on my feet that look exactly the same, I got the itching and little pain too and my hands and feet also feel a little bit dry/tight. I am not sure if it is a new virus (there are several) and by really bad luck I got another form or if it is a relapse! But it is getting really frustrating with HFMD!

Comment from: DC_Lotus, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

Oh my goodness, what is this hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD)! My progression was as follows. Saturday morning, the fever started. We were in the middle of a blizzard in the DC area, and the entire region was crippled. By the time Sunday morning rolled around, the fever spiked to 103, and eventually received a terrifying reading of 105.5! I managed to get the fever to break, and as I was headed to the emergency room (ER) at around 7 pm on Sunday, the sore throat hit. I've had strep many times. But this was worse. It felt like strep's older, meaner step sister. I couldn't eat, and strep never did that. It burned constantly and felt like swallowing hot coals. The ER gave me Vicodin and an antibiotic, thinking a bad case of strep. Strep test ended up being negative. That night, into Monday morning, the awful blisters started. At first, they itched, I thought it was a reaction to the penicillin-based medicine. The doctor took one look at the blisters, and told me I had HFMD. She said only a few things in medicine cause that type of blistering, and due to my other symptoms, there it was. I spent the next few days in torment with this terrible virus. My hands itched so bad that the only way I could sleep was to super-dose myself with antihistamines, slather myself with Eucerin, and wear gloves over my hands. The feet didn't start until Wednesday, and now I have blisters between my toes. But mercifully, it is now Friday and my hands no longer itch. I await the skin/nail peeling with pride. This was war. That kind of looks like herpes.

Comment from: Edna, Female (Patient) Published: January 15

The first symptoms of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) were nausea, terrible headache, and overwhelming tiredness. By the next day I had swollen glands, and a sore throat that felt like glass shards were in the back of my throat. After 3 to 4 days of this, I went to the doctor for a strep test and a recheck of thyroid and I had two small spots on my hand. I mentioned them to the doctor because they hurt. She said I probably had some kind of viral cold. When many more spots appeared on my hands by the next morning, I googled pictures of spots and found the blisters of HFM disease. I noticed they were also on the roof of my mouth and on my tongue. They have been getting worse for several days with my feet being the last place to get the blisters. This is my 8th day and blisters are still appearing though I feel more like I'm going to live. I also have some random blisters on arms and legs, a few below nostrils. This disease is rough, I hope there's a vaccine soon. Also, I have no idea where I picked this up since I'm retired and have not been around children during the incubation period. I will see my grandkids once the blisters have healed and am very worried about them getting this.

Comment from: 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 29

Reading all of these makes me feel a little better about what I'm going through. From what the doctor said, adults are rarely infected by hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) and when we are, the symptoms are usually not that bad. Like many here, I have experienced some pretty awful symptoms. It started with a slight sore neck and a slight sore throat that within a day turned into severe neck and throat pain along with fever, chills and some aches and pains. That lasted about a day, and then I looked into my mouth and saw a bunch of red dots in my mouth. I also had what I thought was a red pimple on the side of my nose, except it itched a little and when I scratched it the skin kind of just wiped away. I was pretty freaked out at this point and went to the doctor who said it was HFMD (also noticed red bumps on my hands). It's been a day and a half and I've got a ton of these bumps on my hands and feet. They feel like slivers to me, annoying but not unbearable. My hands are also starting to itch right now. The worst part are the sores on my face and mouth. The ones in my mouth are very painful and have made it hard to eat and drink. The ones on my face are ugly and if touched the skin just wipes away. They are on my nose and around my mouth. Tomorrow is Christmas, hope there's a miracle and it stops spreading and gets better.

Comment from: pdxgenesis, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 15

Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is the most awful virus I have dealt with to date. My 8 month old son got a fever and was irritable on a Friday and into Saturday. By Monday he was acting better, but had spots showing up on his mouth, hands, etc. I didn't know what it was. By Monday afternoon I was getting chills, had a fever of 101 all night. Tuesday I went to work (still not knowing what HFMD was) with the most awful sore throat I have ever had, and white pockets on my tonsils. By Tuesday night my hands were tingling and itchy. I couldn't sleep but my power was out due to weather so I couldn't see the rash forming on my hands. When I got to work Wednesday I noticed the rash was turning into blisters all over my hands. I left work and went to the doctor who confirmed enterovirus. Wednesday night was the most awful night. My hands were literally on fire. Aloe didn't work. Gold Bond didn't work. I soaked my hands in yogurt. Nothing worked. Benadryl I think helped. I had a steady routine for about 3 days of Benadryl and ibuprofen. I finally fell asleep holding ice packs in my hands on Wednesday night. The itching and rash spread continued into Thursday. Then by Thursday afternoon I was having trouble walking. My scalp was also itching, and I was picking at scabs under my hair. I took off my shoes and noticed it was spreading there. By Friday I had red rash all over my legs and my feet, and could barely walk. Thankfully my hands no longer itched. By Friday evening just relaxing as the first night I didn't take Benadryl. Today is Saturday and I woke up for the first time not in pain. My rash is fading by the hour on my hands, although there are still some pretty nasty welts on the backs of my hands. I am embarrassed to show my hands in public! My finger tips are all hard, and numb. It’s like the rashes and pocks would grow, join, and then fizzle out on your finger into this hard, dry callus. Today I found about 3 or 4 on my face and had a few in my mouth but all in all it has been my least painful day where I actually feel there is an end in sight. I would not wish this on anyone. I have no idea where my baby boy got it, but had no idea what it even was. I thought it was just a fever, maybe he was teething. I will be so much more cautious in the future. This was pure awful.

Comment from: Nellie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I am on my 6th day of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). It started with what I thought was flu virus, aching badly, sore throat, earache, and shivering. I was shattered. By the 3rd day the symptoms had gone except sore throat. That night hands and feet started to itch and sting. Next day I had pin head blisters and rash on soles and palms; felt like walking and touching a bed of pins and needles. The only small relief was putting ice blocks under my feet. Strangely zinc and castor oil cream helped. I wouldn't wish it on anyone, itching is intense too. I wonder how long the blisters and rash last.

Comment from: 43female, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

My husband, children and I are getting over hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), likely the A6 variety, which we picked up in Hawaii. It starts with chills, progresses to a 103 fever which breaks in two days. Then for me, but not my children, little red rashes appeared fairly quickly along with white ulcers in the back of the throat and a few on the tip of my nose. Then came the burning, itching, and acid-burning feeling on my hands and feet. It was a nightmare for a few days. One of the days I could not walk on my feet or hold anything. Then the rash turned into what looked like giant thick callouses that are peeling off in giant, plastic bottle thick, huge patches. I fully expect that my nails will fall out next since there was so much pressure under them. Stay hydrated and see a doctor to rule out other things. Good luck.

Comment from: Andy, Male (Patient) Published: October 14

I caught hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) from my 7 month old boy who had it last week. The doctors said he had a virus which caused his eczema to flare up all over his body. Then I had fever just like him over Friday night. By Saturday morning it had gone but I started to get little red blisters on finger plus I got a little eczema on face which had instantly flared up all over face and was itchy and sore. Now the blisters itch loads especially in between toes and I have one under toenail which throbs. It is Sunday night and I can't sleep. I can't wait for this to end.

Comment from: saxylizard, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 06

I contracted hand, foot, and mouth disease HFMD in January of 2015 from a coworker (who got it from her kid) and am still dealing with the side effects. Two fingernails and one toe nail (that I've found thus far) are falling off having separated from the nail bed. It started falling off in March and it's now May! This disease just keeps on going.

Comment from: Denisep, Female (Patient) Published: January 13

My bout with hand, foot and mouth (HFM) disease started with a very sore throat that lasted 3 days. On the second day I had a few red spots on the palm of hand. I got spots on both hands and both sides, ear lobes, around my mouth and in my mouth, palate and tongue. I have had shingles before and this was worse. The pain, itching and swelling was extreme. I felt like I'd lose my mind. Today is day 7, and I still have spots and swelling. My finger tips are so swollen they are overlapping my nails. I think they will peel. The tips are so swollen I can't use my smartphone!

Comment from: jc1977, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 24

I am a 37 year old healthy female with no known history of hand, foot and mouth disease. Around 3 months ago I started experiencing fatigue and low back pain. That night I spiked a fever of 102. The next day my fever was gone, my aches and pains were gone. I noticed red spots on the palms and fingers of my hands. As the day progressed, so did the spots, they spread, and some turned into blisters. Within the next couple of days, the spots appeared on the bottom of my feet and were so painful that I could barely walk. A few spots appeared on my face, but I had no mouth sores. I went to my doctor who diagnosed me with hand, foot and mouth disease. Within the next couple of weeks, the skin on my hands and feet began to peel off. It was not painful, and the skin underneath did not hurt. The red spots slowly faded away. This happened for about 2 or 3 weeks. After my skin stopped peeling, my fingernails began to peel off from the cuticles. There were very thin fingernails underneath, again, this was not painful. This lasted for about 2 weeks, and they are still in the process of re-growing. It's now been over 2 months and my toenails are now peeling off the same way that my fingernails did, from the cuticle, they are very soft, and just peel off. I hope this is the end of this horrible disease that is taking so long to get out of my system. I was told that it is rare for adults to get this disease, but if you experience any of these symptoms, this could be what you are dealing with.

Comment from: Jlady01, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 18

I contracted hand, foot, and mouth (HFM) disease from my friend's 1 year old. It started with a sore throat and fever for just about a day and a half. Then I started getting bumps on my back, then hands, my forehead, feet, and mouth. This was in late August. I actually went to urgent care and they told me adults don’t get HFM. It was a build-up of pain. It hurt to walk or touch anything. It was like stinging. The sores started to heal at least I thought, I was wrong. My friend caught it from me 3 weeks after I started to shed skin from bumps. Now my fingernails are still peeling off in December, almost 4 months after. I am reading this is still an effect for HFM. HFM is no joke.

Comment from: countrygirl26, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I'm 26 years old and just getting over hand, foot, and mouth (HFM) disease. I came home from work on a Monday with a sore throat and a fever. I just assumed it was a cold. Then Tuesday morning I woke up with a few red bumps on my right hand. I was a little worried but brushed if off think maybe something bit me. Then by Wednesday it started to spread to my left hand and more red bumps began to develop. I was getting worried at this point. I went to my doctor for the sore throat. She informed me that it's just a virus, it will pass. Then it started on my feet. By then I was convinced it was something more than the virus. I ended up at the emergency room. They checked me over. Then they informed me that I have

Comment from: Laurenpie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 08

On Wednesday last week I noticed a small cluster of bumps right on the top of my baby's bum crack. She just started daycare (she is 12 months) and I thought maybe they didn't change her diaper fast enough. The next day, her bum exploded in spots. When I picked her up from daycare she had a fever which broke early Friday morning. She then developed a mild rash on both legs, and some red bumps on her hands. I took her to the doctor Saturday morning and there were a couple sores in her mouth. She was diagnosed with hand, foot, and mouth (HFM) disease. Good thing was that it didn't affect her eating. Fast forward to Monday, I started feeling what I thought were canker sores in my mouth. Tuesday I broke out into a fever with severe chills; bad headache. Wednesday I woke up feeling ok, but then the fever came back with on and off chills through the day. The highest I saw it go was 102.8. I treated it both days with ibuprofen. It was also difficult to swallow both food and liquid. Wednesday my hands started getting bumps and were painful. It was extra painful if I put them near anything hot. I also saw spots on my face in the afternoon that were not there in the morning. I could feel bumps in and around my ears. My feet felt pain in between the toes. Swallowing was still excruciatingly painful. Today (Thursday) the swallowing still hurts but not like yesterday. I have more hand blisters/bumps and I have more spots on my face, although you wouldn't know it at a glance. Today it feels like I have blisters all over the bottoms of my feet, although when you look it seems there is nothing there. Overall, this disease sucks! I got it way worse than my daughter, which I am grateful for, but I can't wait for this to pass!

Comment from: RVC 29 years old, (Patient) Published: August 07

I am a 29 year old adult with hand, foot, and mouth (HFM) disease. My case started with a red bump on my thumb. That night the sides of my tongue became super sore, the next morning mouth ulcers on the sides of my tongue appeared. I still felt ok, no fever but then on day 2, I noticed more sore red bumps appearing on my hands. Worried the bumps were spreading, I saw my local general physician (GP). He diagnosed me with HFM, however at that stage my feet were still ok. One hour after my GP visit, sores on my feet appeared. It is now day 3 and the sores on my hands and feet have turned to blisters. It is painful to walk, but what is worse is the extreme itching. They say HFM is not itchy for children but extremely itchy for adults. The itch is the part that is unbearable.

Comment from: Libbylu, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 28

The symptoms of my hand, foot, and mouth (HFM) disease were: Day 1, feverish and feeling a little fatigued with a mild sore throat. Must have been worse than I realized, because I side swiped the gate on my way into work. Fatigue grew more severe so I came home in the afternoon. I took ibuprofen but it did little to help the severe body aches and fever. My tonsils were so swollen it was hard to swallow. I took NyQuil and slept fine but woke up drenched in sweat. Day 2, no more body aches but fever and sore throat persisted. Sores developed on hands, feet, and face. By night time the sores were extremely itchy. I can't sleep at all even on Benadryl + Tylenol. Calamine and benzocaine do nothing for the itching. Hopefully tomorrow is better.

Comment from: siegeliz, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I had a fever Monday afternoon/evening. Tuesday I had a few spots that looked like mosquito bites. Since I work in a daycare and a kid was suspected to have chicken pox, I went to urgent care. I was told it could be hand, foot, and mouth (HFM) disease, but that typically adults don't get the rash. I must be extra special because it was on my scalp, my hands, my feet, my bikini area, my face, as well as a few on arms/legs; extremely itchy and painful. I am using caramel and wrapping hands/feet in gauze along with wearing knit gloves/socks, which helped me sleep at night. Dandruff shampoo helped the itchy head. I used Lysol and used disinfectant wipes on everything, and am washing all clothes worn and towels used daily. It's now Sunday and the pain/itchiness is for the most part gone. Spots are still visible but all dried up. This is causing my fingertips to be numb, however.

Comment from: ErikBourre, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: July 18

The pure agony that is hand, foot, and mouth (HFM) disease! It all started out as a mild fever, which ended up getting better, so I thought I was getting better. How horribly wrong I was. It is day four or five now, and the blisters and spots have moved from my hands very quickly up my forearms and partially onto my upper arms. I have blisters sporadically up my legs past the knees, but my throat is not that bad. The worst part of all of this is the itchiness, I wasn’t able to sleep for a single minute because of how itchy these sores are, and I used half a bottle of anti-itch cream. The cream was useless, the sores laughed at my cream as if it were nothing. I just hope when I see the doctor today he can prescribe something, or at least give me hope that this nightmare will be over soon. Good luck to all of you!

Comment from: Wang, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 30

My 13-month son was diagnosed with scarlet fever last Friday and started on antibiotics. Then I spotted some rashes on his hands and feet later that day and thought they might be the symptom of scarlet fever. Then on Sunday night I got the first time over-the-night fever in my life and paracetamol didn"t work. By Monday afternoon the fever finally went away but I started to get a few rashes on the side of my finger, together with a sore throat. Next morning the rashes got worse and looked like tiny holes filled with fluid underneath my skin! I went to the doctor and confirmed for hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). Now it"s Wednesday morning and it got even worse! I am almost certain that the first doctor has misdiagnosed my son and it wasn"t scarlet fever but HFMD. He is recovered now and the sand paper like rashes attributed to scarlet fever never appeared, only spots on his hands and feet. And I would definitely say the disease is more severe on adults then on infants! I can"t imagine how on earth my son could possibly endure the amount of pain and itchiness I am having now! By the way, I"m not using any medication and just sitting and waiting for it to “self-limit”.

Comment from: sophieloo, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I am currently in the development stage of hand, foot, and mouth disease and I will explain my horrendous experience up until now. Day 1. I came home and felt very lethargic. I had pounding head, aching body, just feeling rubbish overall. I tucked myself into bed and hoped I would sleep it off over a couple of hours. I woke up shivering, yet covered top to toe in sweat. I felt like this all night with an excruciating headache and experienced hallucinations due to my fever. Day 2. I was not much better, I was again sweating yet shivering, general flu like symptoms. By the end of the day my temperature had begun to cool down and I started to feel a little better as the headache eased off. But then came my sore throat - pure agony! After getting my mum to look into my mouth we could see that the back of my throat had erupted into small ulcers / blisters! Day 3. (Where I am now) I’ve been to the doctors today with an extremely sore throat. He said because I have had no outbreak of blisters on my hands / feet then he cannot say I have hand foot and mouth, more like tonsillitis. I have had tonsillitis before and this is so much worse than that. About 2 hours ago I developed a very strange tingling sensation in my fingertips and my toes with very small red bumps underneath. Not raised, but definitely there. Quite tender to the touch. I will keep you updated if the lumps erupt into blisters, fingers crossed they stay well away!

Comment from: Sue, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

My 16 year old son broke out in a "rash" and was given antibiotics because the doctor thought he had bacterial infection. Two days later I developed similar symptoms, but luckily I found this information. My symptoms were much worse than his, however. Progression: sore throat day 1-2; fever/chills day 2; minor bumps on hands day 3; hundreds of awful blisters on the soles and sides of my feet days 3-21. My hands did get a little more on the palms, but never too bad. The blisters on my feet were by far the worst pain I have ever had. For three days stepping and walking around was excruciating pins and needles, then gratefully dull pain for a couple of days. I may have developed one mouth sore, no worse than a canker sore. My hands got dry and flaky where the bumps were, but were soon fine. My feet developed thick callouses where the blisters were under the surface, then they peeled in thick sheets. It was almost like I have moleskin peeling off the soles of my feet. This has happened over the course of about a month or more now, and am still able to see the blister locations, but thankfully the pain only lasted about a week. Whoever said adults get it less severe than the youngsters is either misinformed, or there is a stronger strain out there, because I had it!

Comment from: Nursing Mom, Female (Caregiver) Published: December 05

My 4 year old son who has Alopecia Areata (an autoimmune disorder) developed white sores on his tongue and then blisters on his hands. It was very difficult for him to eat, but he was very happy about getting Popsicle all the time. We rinsed his mouth about 3 times a day with salt water and made a game out of it. Advil was given for any pain or fever but he only got a fever on the first day of symptoms. I am also expecting our third baby and am 6 weeks along. My obstetrician-gynecologist was contacted and stated that I get blood work to see if I was ever exposed to the virus. I am still waiting for results. This is day 6 of the "incubation" period and his blisters in his mouth have vanished and the blisters on his hands are almost gone. The blisters on his hands have left red dots and will go away soon.

Comment from: nance, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I contracted the virus from my grandchild who, unbeknownst to us, had a mild case. Mine started with a high fever and headache for 2 days, then a low grade fever. My ear ached from the sores that developed in the back of my mouth. I couldn't swallow food, liquids hurt, too. By the 3rd day the rash and sores appeared on my hands. They hurt so much I could barely wash them. They actually are stiff and I am unable to do simple chores with them. By the following day my feet started throbbing. The sores are along the insides and the soles. Walking has been difficult. The doctor told me after his diagnosis that when adults get this it is worse than what a child gets. I'm living proof to that. I have never had anything this painful and prolonged. I have been through childbirth, gall balder removal, and surgery for a broken ankle. This is far worse and lingering. I am hoping now that it is in my feet it is working its way out of my body.

Comment from: mle2b123, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 08

My 2-1/2 year old has been diagnosed with hand, foot, and mouth (HFM) disease. This was the progression: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday he was feeling cruddy but eating, running temperature and trembles but no rash yet. Thursday he felt better until his fever started running again. Thursday night the rash came and he woke up covered, both legs and arms, with 100-degree temperature at the doctor’s. He got medicine Friday night but woke up Saturday and it had spread to his hands. Sunday it has spread to his feet. I have to keep him covered and lathered and away from others.

Comment from: HFMD?DE, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 05

I believe that I have had hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) for 15 days now. Doctors have yet to identify what I have because they originally didn’t do any testing. They treated me with prednisone after a week of using Benadryl and ibuprofen and all the rashes/scars went away. I was thrilled for the moment and then I ran out of the prednisone and was down to my last dose and decided to not take it, and to allow the virus run its course. That was a big mistake and it came back with a vengeance.

Comment from: Linda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 02

I had a sore throat for 1 1/2 weeks and then got a sore in my mouth. I went to the doctor who is an internist/pediatrician (my insurance has limited doctors and this is what I got), and the doctor said hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) was going around and suspected I had this without doing any tests. No other symptoms (of course I did get into poison oak, had mosquito bites and stung twice by a yellow jacket, bad week, and itched from head to toe from a reaction to the bee sting). I'm 57 years old and not around children. The sore throat is gone but now the sore in my mouth is very hard and feels crusty with my tongue. I am concerned about mouth cancer since I do smoke.

Comment from: RJ, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 24

I never had strep until I was 24 and in the military. One night I had a very slightly scratchy throat when I started shift, by the next morning I couldn't swallow and felt like death warmed over. The first antibiotic they gave me didn't do anything, I had to be taken by my squad leader to the emergency room five days later to get stronger antibiotics, after I passed out from not eating for four days. I remember, besides the sore throat, my entire body hurting. Even my hair hurt. Not a fun time. I caught it again yesterday. Throat was a little scratchy in the early evening but I didn't think much of it, then I started to get achy but I just figured it was all the rain. Then I spent the entire night feeling progressively worse, pounding headache, severe body aches, and of course a raw throat with swollen lymph nodes and a fever of 102. I did get into a clinic straight away so I'm already on antibiotics. Hopefully I will feel at least somewhat better soon. Terrible early Christmas gift.

Comment from: cj, Male (Patient) Published: July 22

I'm 16 and I work retail and the first 3 days of hand, foot, and mouth disease were absolutely terrible, I could barely stand. Moving on to day 3, my hands are feeling terrible, I can barely play basketball and had often had to stay home and not go to practice. I'm lactose intolerant but I’ve been eating ice creams and eating Tim Hortons soup. I don't wish this on anyone and hope someone else is fighting this with me.

Comment from: segoviaone, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 12

During Memorial weekend we went to family's house, one of our nieces had sores in her mouth and her mother insisted that it was cold sores. Poor baby was in so much pain, her whole body shook from the pain when they put Orajel in her mouth. They figured out what it was from going to the hospital and told us that it wasn’t contagious. Well, within a week of being home my 1 year old was crying, wouldn’t take his bottle and when we put food in his mouth, screamed so loud from pain. Sure enough he had sores in his mouth and blisters on his toes and hands. I put coconut extra virgin oil in his bath and rubbed him down it after! I also put in on his tooth brush and let him rub it all in his mouth. This helped so much it soothed his skin and he was only 2 days into it, the next day he ate, he took his bottle. Now my older son has it (he is 3) and has it ten times worse than the baby. His face is swollen and he can’t open his mouth. Nothing will go in his mouth, he is in so much pain. We made him brush his teeth with the coconut oil and now he’s eating well, within hours of brushing. Coconut extra virgin oil will work and is calming, it also pulls the bacteria out of your mouth.

Comment from: Sue, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I posted earlier, but wanted to add more now that it has been a couple of months. I have lost one toe nail due to hand, foot, and mouth (HFM) disease, and expecting to lose two more as well as a finger nail. You can see a distinct marking where the damage occurred on each nail, and they are growing out, but will soon separate. Good times!

Comment from: Anne, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

My hand, foot, and mouth (HFM) disease started by a single red spot that developed into a blister. After an hour a half a lot of it was on the palm of my hands and I was bothered already because it is not an ordinary rash or blister; it is very painful. Then I got a lot in my gums, my inner cheek, my tongue, and my oral cavity. I could not eat for days. I wasn't able to report for work because I can't talk because of the sores in my tongue.

Comment from: cdubb, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I started out feeling like something was going to be wrong. I just started losing energy. Took my temp and had a fever. It got as high as about 102.8. The chills were unbelievable and I had this tingly sensation running up and down my body the entire time. Then I got a headache. The next morning the fever was gone briefly and then returned. I noticed a few dots on my hands but didn't think much of it until I started seeing more later in the day and they started to burn. Dumbly, I popped a few of them thinking they were something I'd had in the past. The next morning (this is now day 3) I had a ton on my hand so I went into the urgent care. The doctor said it sounded like HMF (something I have never heard of) and that I probably got it from my son, who had a rash on his butt that was wrongly diagnosed from his pediatrician as a yeast infection. The doctor told me I was likely through the worst of it, but at this time I had no bumps on my feet yet and probably a dozen or so on my hands. She told me it had to run its course. The next day (day 4) my hands were full of bumps, burning and itching). And the next day they were on my feet too. I am currently on day 7 and the bumps have flattened out and don't really itch anymore, but they are not gone yet. I used a lot of calamine, and creams on my hand to try and help with the itching, but stopped that day 5 hoping I could dry the bumps out quicker leaving them alone. Right now the tips of my fingers feel like there is super glue stuck to them. I have lost feeling in them probably due to bumps or liquid under the skin. This is the worst disease ever, but I was lucky enough not to get any in my mouth. The best way to deal with this disease is to sleep and take Benadryl for the rash, and be patient.