Hand, Foot & Mouth

  • Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common childhood illness that can affect adults. It usually clears up by itself in 7 to 10 days.

    The first signs of hand, foot and mouth disease can be:

    • a sore throat
    • a high temperature, above 38C
    • not wanting to eat

    After a few days mouth ulcers and a rash will appear. Ulcers appear in the mouth and on the tongue. These can be painful and make it difficult to eat or drink. Red spots, which develop into blisters, usually appear on the hands and feet. The blisters are grey in the centre and can be painful.

  • The symptoms are usually the same in adults and children, but can be much worse in adults. It’s possible to get hand, foot and mouth disease more than once.


    Keep your child off school or nursery while they’re feeling unwell.

    But as soon as they’re feeling better, they can go back to school or nursery. There’s no need to wait until all the blisters have healed.

    Keeping your child off for longer is unlikely to stop the illness spreading.

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    Information from NHS Website