Diagnosis of Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease

Diagnosis is typically made by clinical observation.

Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease Treatment

Treatment is directed toward symptomatic relief. A topical solution containing xylocaine (a numbing agent) can be applied to oral ulcers to ease pain.

Prevention of Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease

No vaccine exists to prevent hand-foot-and-mouth disease. Infection during the first trimester of pregnancy may occasionally result in miscarriage, so exposure should be avoided.

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

Published: 31 Aug 2000

Last Modified: 17 Sep 2015