Hand, foot, and mouth disease (also known as HFMD) is usually caused by a coxsackie viral infection and is a common illness among kids under 5-years of age, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, as the source points out, anyone of any age can get this highly contagious illness.
While kids usually get infected in a school or daycare setting, it can be passed along to parents and other adults through close contact. However, the main issue among adults is that they may not show symptoms, and pass it further along without knowing. Let’s take a closer look at this disease in adults, and what to do about it…
The Symptoms Can Be Similar to HFMD in Children
Like we mentioned, in some cases, an adult with this infection may not show any symptoms at all. But when they do, it’s similar to what a child with HFMD might experience, explains Medical News Today.
As the name of the disease suggests, an adult with the infection may notice sores in the mouth, as well as an “itchy rash” on the hands and/or feet, adds the source. There can also be a fever and what seems to be a flu, it notes.