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I have been diagnosed with hand foot and mouth disease, and

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I have been diagnosed with hand foot and mouth disease, and have found some conflicting information about how long it's contagious. Mine started late Tuesday with a fever and a sore throat the next morning. The sores showed up when I woke up yesterday (Thursday). Am I still contagious until the sores are completely gone?

Dr. Natasha : Hello
Dr. Natasha : Are you there
Dr. Natasha : You are generally considered contagious when you have fever
Dr. Natasha : the rash is not contagious

So, if I have the rash on my hands and I touch my face, or say my daughter, it won't spread?

Dr. Natasha : No it will not
Dr. Natasha : it is not like herpes or chicken pox
Dr. Natasha : You don't need to wear any socks of gloves
Dr. Natasha : chances are she has already been exposed

Ok, I was only doing so because I have more spots on my hands today than I did yesterday

Dr. Natasha : It's spread through nasal secretions and feces
Dr. Natasha : Right
Dr. Natasha : You don't have too
Dr. Natasha : To
Dr. Natasha : i hope that I provided you with excellent service?

So if I don't have any spots/sores on my face at this point, I won't at all? Seeing as this is day 2 with the visible rash?

Dr. Natasha : You will not transmit via the spots
Dr. Natasha : Did I provide you with excellent service?
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