Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common childhood illness that can also affect adults. It usually clears up by itself in 7 to 10 days.
Check if it’s hand, foot and mouth disease
The first signs of hand, foot and mouth disease can be:
- A sore throat
- A high temperature, above 38C
- Not wanting to eat
Your child will then:
- Have ulcers appear in their mouth and on their tongue. These can be painful and make it difficult to eat or drink
- Have red spots which usually appear on their hands and feet, which later develop into blisters. These blisters are grey in the centre and can be painful
It’s possible to get hand, foot and mouth disease more than once.