Overview of Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD) is a highly contagious viral infection that occurs mainly in the mouth, on the feet, and on the hands. It affects younger children severely. The infection typically spreads from child to child, and from child to parents. Resolution can be expected within a week.

Cause of Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is caused by the coxsackievirus. Isolated cases can occur, and epidemics occur regularly.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 31 Aug 2000

Last Modified: 17 Sep 2015