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 Domex helps you eradicate the virus.
What is hand, foot and mouth disease?
In essence, this is a viral infection. Hand foot and mouth disease 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.
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
What are hand foot and mouth disease symptoms?
Myth: Hand foot and mouth disease symptoms only appear on your hands,
feet, and mouth.
Hand foot and mouth symptoms in adults and children usually include these
High temperature (above 38C)
Loss of appetite
These symptoms typically develop three to five days following exposure to
the infection. A few days after that, 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 causes include contact with infected
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
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
Wash hands regularly and thoroughly with warm water and soap.
Don’t share cups, cutlery, clothes or towels
Clean toilets thoroughly with Domex
Disinfect contaminated surfaces and objects with a bleach-based household
cleaner such as Domex.
Use hot water to wash contaminated clothing and bedding separately in
your washing machine.
Domex is best at protecting your family against germs and disease. Domex
Ultra 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 Domex to get rid of 99.9% of all known germs in your
toilet, including hand, foot and mouth disease.