HFM is a common viral infection that produces painful red blisters in the mouth and throat, as well as on the hands, feet, and diaper region.
HFM is infectious and quickly spreads to others by touch with unclean hands, feces (poop), saliva (spit), nasal mucus, or blister fluid. Children under the age of five are especially vulnerable to HFM, since infections are widespread at daycare facilities, preschools, and other places where children congregate in close quarters.
Aside from the blisters, children often experience a fever for a few days and may get dehydrated since swallowing drinks hurts. Symptoms normally disappear after a week, and children recover entirely.
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