Patient Comments: Is Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD) Contagious? - Experience


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Comment from: Prison2pedsLVN, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 06

I currently have hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). The sores first developed on my fingers and spread to my palms. It rapidly developed to the soles of my feet. The pain became so bad for me that I couldn't walk to the bathroom and had to crawl, washing dishes was a nightmare and even trying to flip open my toothpaste felt like my fingertips were going to bleed. I'm on the 6th day of having it and only the 3rd day of the diagnosis. But the sores are better, although they've spread up my arms and legs.

Comment from: Sehra, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

My hand, foot, and mouth disease started with a sore throat that progressed to fever and chills, ending in waking drenched in sweat. I thought I was catching a cold or something. Then after my fever finally ended and my sore throat started to feel better, the rash started on my left hand. It quickly moved from finger to palm, and just 12 hours later was on both palms and soles of feet. I had intensive sensitivity to heat, itchy and tender skin, and it was painful to walk, touch anything at all, really.

Comment from: Andrea, 0-2 (Caregiver) Published: May 30

I came across hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) when I researched mild cases of chicken pox because my 3 year old son had strange bumps on his buttocks for several days and began to appear to have fluid within them. On the 4th day he had one white spot on his tongue, also on the 4th day my 20 month old daughter awoke with red spots all over her body except her head. I took them both that day to the doctor and was told that my son probably had an abnormal case of chicken pox because he had already been vaccinated for that virus and that my daughter had a viral throat infection with a manifestation of that same infection on her skin, which he noted is rare. But as the days passed I became convinced it was HFMD seeing blisters form on my daughter's fingers and toes while the other red spots became more prevalent. The spots on my son's buttocks are disappearing, they already dried. Thank goodness the blisters are diminishing on my daughter's fingers and toes, and the other red spots (non-blisters) that were on her chest, stomach, back, legs, arms, hands, and feet are also disappearing. I'm not a doctor, but after reading information online of symptoms and viewing pictures of others with this illness, I'm pretty sure that's what this was.

Comment from: Channy1997nz, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

Hand, foot, and mouth disease gave me the worse pain I have ever experienced! I had 3 hours sleep in the first 2 days of having it, couldn’t eat or sleep, my hands were the worst. The pain is unexplainable.


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