We are seeing a nationwide outbreak of hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD) this summer, with more cases than in recent years. HFMD is a common infection in children. It usually causes sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands, feet or buttocks, sometimes spreading to other areas and lasts about 7-10 days.
Symptoms of HFMD
Common symptoms of HFMD include:
- Sores in the mouth that are often painful
- Rash on the hands, feet or buttocks (or occasionally other areas) which are small red bumps or blisters
- Sore throat
- Pain with swallowing, drooling
Recently, there have been cases of children shedding their fingernails or toenails a few weeks or months after having HFMD. This is not dangerous, and the nails will grow back normally in several months.