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Hand, Foot And Mouth Disease In Adults And Children: Myth-busting And Hard Facts

There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding hand, foot and mouth disease, and here we’ll lay down the facts and bust myths about the infection. In this article we answer the most frequently asked questions, including “can adults get hand, foot and mouth disease?” and “what causes hand, foot and mouth disease?” You’ll learn how to spot symptoms, how to prevent it from gaining ground in your home, and how Domestos helps you eradicate the virus from your home.

What is hand, foot and mouth disease?

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a viral infection that causes spots on your hands and feet, and ulcers in your mouth. As it is caused by a number of different viruses, you could potentially catch it more than once. There is no treatment for the disease. It usually clears up by itself in seven to ten days, but it’s extremely unpleasant and mostly preventable through good sanitation and personal hygiene.

Can adults get hand, foot and mouth disease?

Myth: Only children can catch hand, foot and mouth disease.

Fact: Hand, foot and mouth disease is most common in young children (especially under the age of ten). Hand, foot and mouth symptoms in adults are the same as in children. However, hand, foot and mouth disease in adults can be more severe.

What are hand, foot and mouth disease symptoms?

Myth: hand, foot and mouth disease symptoms only appear on your hands, feet, and mouth.

Fact: Hand, foot and mouth symptoms in adults and children usually include these first signs:

  • High temperature (above 38°C)
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain

These symptoms typically develop three to five days after exposure to the infection. A few days later, the following hand, foot and mouth disease symptoms appear:

  • Mouth ulcers – red spots develop into larger yellow-grey ulcers.
  • Spots and blisters – raised red spots on fingers, hands and soles of feet develop into small blisters with grey centres.

What causes hand, foot and mouth disease?

Myth: hand, foot and mouth disease is caused by contact with infected farm animals

Fact: There is a foot and mouth disease that affects farm animals, but this has nothing to do with hand, foot and mouth disease in adults and children.

The disease is an infection that is spread from person to person. Hand, foot and mouth disease causes include the infection being passed through sneezes, coughs, blister fluid and faeces, which is why keeping your toilet clean is essential.

Those with the disease are contagious a couple of days before showing any symptoms. However, the most likely time to pass the infection is during the first five days after the first hand, foot and mouth disease symptoms appear.

How do I prevent spreading hand, foot and mouth disease?

You need to stop germs fast. The following proper hygiene practices and sanitation products are vital:

  • Catch sneezes and coughs in tissues, and throw these away as soon as possible after using.
  • Wash hands regularly and properly with warm water and soap.
  • Don’t share cups, cutlery, clothes or towels.
  • Clean toilets thoroughly with Domestos.
  • Disinfect contaminated surfaces and objects with a bleach-based household cleaner
  • Use hot water to wash contaminated clothing and bedding separately in your washing machine.

Domestos is best at protecting your family against germs and disease. Domestos Thick Bleach prevents the spread of illness through toilets – just apply a thick layer of bleach in your toilet and watch it eradicate germs. You can rely on Domestos to get rid of 99.9% of all germs in your toilet, including hand, foot and mouth disease.