Hand, foot & mouth disease: lesion on toe

Hand, foot & mouth disease: lesion on toe

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Caption: Blister on the toe of a child in hand, foot and mouth disease (HFM), a common disease of young children caused by coxsackievirus infection. HFM tends to break out in small epidemics in nursery schools during the summer months. It produces a relatively mild illness, with symptoms of loss of appetite, blistering of the hands, feet & inside of the mouth & a mild fever. No treatment is given, other than mild pain-killing drugs for painful blisters. The illness is not related to foot-and-mouth disease of cattle.

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Keywords: blister, condition, coxsackievirus, disease, disorder, foot and mouth, foot and mouth disease, hand, healthcare, hfm disease, medical, medicine, skin, toe

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