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A young boy affected by hand, foot and mouth disease holds up his hand to the camera which shows the typical blisters caused by the illness.
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

What is hand, foot and mouth disease?

Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is something you might hear about, especially if you have young children. It’s a viral infection that mostly affects kids under 5, but adults can get it too. It causes sores or blisters in the mouth, on the hands, and on the feet. These sores can be uncomfortable but usually go away on their own within a week or two.

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