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Hand-foot-and-mouth disease sometimes referred to as HFMD, is a mild infection that is common in young children, especially those under the age of 10. Although the contagious disease has unpleasant symptoms that cause discomfort, it is not a severe or life-threatening condition. Continue reading to learn more about the causes, symptoms, and possible treatments for hand-foot-and-mouth disease. There are visible signs to look for as well as several ways to help comfort your children as they combat the disease.

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1. Causes: Coxsackie Virus

The coxsackievirus A16 is the most common cause of hand-foot-and-mouth disease. Your doctor may refer to it simply as the Coxsackie virus. It belongs to a group of viruses known as non-polio enteroviruses. Other types of enteroviruses such as enterovirus 71 can also cause the infectious disease. The virus is more prevalent in the summer or fall seasons. If you live in a tropical climate, it can spread easily all year long.

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