- Hand, foot, and mouth disease is very common, especially among younger children.
- It can spread easily in a variety of ways, such as through person-to-person contact and touching infected surfaces.
- Luckily there are simple and effective ways to help prevent the spread of the disease.
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a contagious viral infection that’s prevalent among younger children. Though it is typically mild, it isn’t pleasant as it causes sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet. It’s also incredibly contagious.
Luckily, there are steps you can take to prevent the spread of hand, foot, and mouth disease. Follow along as we look at how it spreads, effective ways to prevent the disease, and what to do if your child gets it.
How Does Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Spread?
Before we dive into how to prevent hand, foot, and mouth disease, it’s important to understand how it spreads and it turns out, it can spread easily in a variety of ways. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one way the disease spreads is through respiratory droplets. When an infected person coughs or sneezes they send droplets into the air and if you’re in contact with those droplets, you can become infected.
The disease also spreads through person-to-person contact, meaning it can be transmitted by hugging, kissing, or sharing cups and utensils. It can also be transmitted by touching infected surfaces, and by touching an infected person’s feces, such as changing diapers and then touching your face. The source also says it can spread by swallowing recreational water, such as from swimming pools if the water isn’t properly treated with chlorine.