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Putting Your Foot Down: The Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Quiz
by Staff
Think you know the difference between hand, foot and mouth disease and the similarly named hoof and mouth disease? Or does the thought of explaining the difference have you placing your own foot in your mouth? It's time to put your knowledge to the test.

At what time of year does hand, foot and mouth disease usually show up in the U.S.?

  • summer and fall
  • fall and winter
  • spring and summer

Who usually gets hand, foot and mouth disease?

  • immunocompromised adults
  • young children
  • cattle

How long does it usually take hand, foot and mouth disease to go away?

  • a week
  • a month
  • two weeks

What virus usually causes hand, foot and mouth disease?

  • Human Papilloma Virus
  • Coxsackievirus A16
  • Coronavirus 71

You can NOT catch hand, foot and mouth disease from:

  • saliva
  • feces
  • pets

What illness is sometimes confused with hand, foot and mouth disease?

  • cold sores
  • herpangina
  • encephalitis

How is hand, foot and mouth disease usually diagnosed?

  • by its visible symptoms
  • with a throat culture
  • with a blood test

What is a serious possible complication of hand, foot and mouth disease?

  • permanent scarring
  • encephalitis
  • oral thrush

Which of these is NOT a symptom of dehydration?

  • bruises
  • dark urine
  • dry skin

You can make your own mouth rinse at home to help the mouth blisters of hand, foot and mouth disease. The ingredients are:

  • salt and water
  • sugar and tea
  • milk and honey

Which hand, foot and mouth disease-causing virus is more prevalent in Asia than in the U.S.?

  • Coxsackievirus A16
  • Herpes simplex
  • Enterovirus 71

When applying antibiotic cream to burst blisters, you should:

  • wear a mask
  • use a washcloth
  • wear gloves

Should oral antibiotics be used for hand, foot and mouth disease?

  • No
  • Yes
  • Doctors are divided on the issue.

Children with hand, foot and mouth disease often experience loss of:

  • balance
  • appetite
  • memory

What is malaise?

  • a low-grade fever
  • a feeling of boredom
  • a feeling of general lack of well-being

What is another name for the small blisters that appear with hand, foot and mouth disease?

  • vesicles
  • petechia
  • keloids

Where is one area the skin rash of hand, foot and mouth disease only rarely appears?

  • buttocks
  • hands
  • eyes

Does hand, foot and mouth disease cause nail loss?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Researchers are unsure.

What drug should you NOT give to children under the age of 14?

  • aspirin
  • ibuprofen
  • acetaminophen

Is there a vaccine for hand, foot and mouth disease?

  • Yes
  • No