Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

We at Associates in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine in Baton Rouge have seen many, many cases of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease over the past 2 weeks.  Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD) is a common viral illness of infants and children.  The disease causes fever and blister-like eruptions in the mouth and/or a skin rash, often on the palms of hands or soles of feet.  The disease can be quite debilitating for many small children and lead some to dehydration.

Infection is spread from person to person by direct contact with the infections virus.  The infectious virus is found in the nose and throat secretions, saliva, blister fluid, and stool of infected persons.

If you suspect that your child may have this condition, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.  Remember, we guarantee same day appointments for sick children.