Hand foot and mouth disease is a viral illness caused by the Coxsackie virus A-16 and is transmitted form person to person by droplet infection. The faeces (motions, stools) are also infectious during the illness and may continue to be infectious for several weeks even after the person feels well. The condition usually affects children under the age of 10 years, but can occur in adults.
It is important to observe common sense hygiene measures, washing hands with warm soapy water after using the toilet and before handling or eating food.
Special care should be taken with this for several weeks after the illness.
There is no specific treatment for the infection. Paracetamol may be given in the recommended age-related dosage to control fever and discomfort. Usually the mouth blisters clear up within four to six days, the blisters on the body lasting for seven to 10 days.
It is recommended that one should stay away from work/school while they feel ill and have obvious blisters or as long as advised by their GP.