Check if it's hand, foot and mouth disease

The 1st signs of hand, foot and mouth disease can be:

  • a sore throat
  • a high temperature
  • not wanting to eat

The 2nd stage usually starts a few days later and can include:

  • mouth ulcers, which can be painful
  • a raised rash of spots on the hands and feet, and sometimes the thighs and bottom

The rash of spots can look pink, red, or darker than the surrounding skin, depending on your skin tone.

The spots can turn into blisters, which might be grey or lighter than surrounding skin and can be painful.

The symptoms are usually the same in adults and children, but can be worse in babies and children under 5.

Further information can be found on the NHS website